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First Day in Braces

Updated: May 19, 2021

Another Cooke Orthodontics smile in Napa, California - Dr. Mary Cooke - Braces
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We know that braces come with a lot of questions! We have provided answers to some of the most common questions in this post. If you have a question not addressed here, give us a call or text us at 707-255-4400 or send us an email at!

Q. Will the braces stay on if I eat?

A. The adhesive used for attaching the braces to your teeth cures rapidly initially but takes 24 hours to completely adhere.  You can eat anytime after leaving our office; however we ask that you be mindful of the suggested eating list for food that may be harmful to braces.  Until you become accustomed to eating with your braces, you may find it beneficial to follow a diet consisting of soft foods.

Q. Will the braces cause discomfort?

A. Initially the braces feel like they “stick out” and it may be difficult to get your lips around them.  This is normal.  As you become accustomed to your braces and tooth alignment improves, this sensation will cease to be a concern.  Although the brackets have been rounded and smoothed, until the cheeks tissues have “toughened,” you may find it helpful to use a small piece of orthodontic wax around the bracket that is creating the irritation.  If your supply of wax runs out, call our office for more.  The wax may also be purchased at a local drug store.