Please see your regular dentist every 3 to 6 months even with the braces (or Invisalign®) on for cleanings and check-ups. It is important to brush well especially by the gums, floss daily, and no sodas or there can be a higher risk of permanent white spots and squares around the braces that will not whiten out.
The first few days after the braces are placed (or Invisalign® is worn), the teeth will feel like they are bruised. There’s a bruised-like pain when eating or biting the teeth together. Advil® (if no allergies and not pregnant) can help. Read and follow the directions on the package. The following visits are less uncomfortable.
Just remember, the first 2 weeks are usually the hardest. Hang in there, the result is worth it! Adjustment visits are scheduled out 4-8 weeks depending on treatment. After the treatment, you’ll need to wear retainers to keep the result.
Retainers are worn all the time at first and eventually lifetime wear while sleeping is needed.