In order to properly plan for their daily routines, many patients ask if they can return to school or work on the day that they get their dental braces. The answer, in most cases, is yes.
Getting clear (or metal braces) is no more involved than having the brackets attached to the teeth and the wires threaded through those brackets. Usually, no surgical procedures are involved, and most patients will not need an anesthetic, either.
Patients can experience some discomfort shortly after getting clear braces or metal braces, as the teeth begin to move into their desired positions. This may not emerge until the following day, and you can usually address the issue with over-the-counter painkillers, like ibuprofen or aspirin. Your orthodontist may make other recommendations on how to manage any discomfort.
You can also ask your orthodontist for guidance on preventing injuries to your soft tissues, such as the insides of your lips, to minimize tenderness during your treatment.
Although patients can resume their normal routines shortly after getting braces, you will need to change some aspects of your day-to-day life.
Although patients can resume their normal routines shortly after getting braces, you will need to change some aspects of your day-to-day life. For example, you will need to steer clear of foods that could damage your appliances, such as sticky candies or crunchy foods that you bite into directly (think apples). Check with your orthodontist about other precautions you may need to take in order to reduce your risk of damaging the appliances.
Additionally, you’ll have to make some tweaks to your oral hygiene routine. You’ll probably have to brush more frequently than you’re accustomed to. It’s recommended that you brush after every meal while wearing braces. You’ll also need to use a floss threader to navigate your floss around the archwires and reach the gumline.
In order to achieve the desired treatment results with minimal disruption, it’s important for you to follow your orthodontist’s instructions closely. Doing so will help to maintain your oral health during treatment, which is essential to having an attractive smile after the braces come off.