INBRACE Patient Instructions

The first 2-3 weeks you have INBRACE on will be the most challenging as you and your mouth adjust. Any initial issues are temporary and normal and will get better quickly!

Managing Comfort

Similar to traditional braces, you will initially experience some discomfort associated with tooth movement as well as your mouth getting adjusted to INBRACE. Any discomfort you experience with INBRACE is temporary, normal, and will improve quickly. The following suggestions may help you with your adjustment period and improve your overall experience:

  • Place orthodontic wax on your braces to make them feel smoother until your mouth adapts

  • Rinse with warm salt water to help with the healing process

  • Over-the-counter pain medicine like Ibuprofen, Motrin®, or Tylenol® can help

  • Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated and help with dry mouth

Oral Hygiene

Like with any orthodontic treatment, it is important to keep your teeth and braces clean with INBRACE. Because Dr. Tong and Dr. Lee designed INBRACE to help you brush and floss your teeth normally, with no special tools required. The following suggestions may help you keep your teeth strong and healthy during treatment:

  • Brush and floss daily to keep your teeth clean and prevent food from getting stuck between your teeth

  • Using a Waterpik® or other water jet flosser is highly recommended, in addition to regular brushing and flossing.

  • Pay close attention to thoroughly clean the area behind your lower front teeth

  • Using a proxy-brush or toothpicks may also be helpful, but use caution around wires and brackets

Diet

As your teeth move, your teeth may become sensitive to hot and cold food and drinks. Paying close attention to your diet may minimize discomfort and watching what you eat throughout treatment will help involve your overall experience.

  • Begin with soft foods until teeth tenderness is gone, then gradually incorporate more solid foods

  • Avoid hard, sticky, and chewy foods, like nuts, popcorn, pizza crust, granola bars, baguettes, caramel candies, toffy, beef jerky, and similar foods

  • Peel fruits before eating, this will prevent peels from sticking between your teeth or on INBRACE

  • We recommend avoiding carbonated soft drinks, but if you do, use a straw

  • Chewing gum is not recommended

What to do if a bracket breaks

If a bracket comes loose and separates from a tooth, it may not bother you, but you should call our office and let us know so that we can schedule an appointment to fix the bracket.

What to do if a wire is broken

In the rare event a wire breaks, we recommend covering any part that is causing you irritation with wax and contacting our office immediately. We will see you as soon as possible to relieve this irritation.

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