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Has Dr. Joseph Basile recommended that you have braces placed? Would you like to know what to expect during braces treatment? Our orthodontist and team are happy to go over the basic orthodontic treatment process with you.

Braces Placement
The brackets of braces are bonded to your teeth using a special dental cement. Minimal discomfort when braces are placed is to be expected. For the first few days after braces placement, eat softer foods to help you adjust to chewing. Yogurt, soup and macaroni and cheese are good choices.

After Application
It takes a little bit of time to adjust to the realigning of the teeth. The pressure of the wires may cause some discomfort. Over-the-counter pain medication can provide some relief. You can also place orthodontic wax on the brackets to prevent them from rubbing uncomfortably against the inside of your cheeks and lips. We will tell you how to apply orthodontist wax when you come in to have your braces placed. Discomfort from braces placement is usually gone after five days or less.

Orthodontic Appointments
Braces adjustment appointments are scheduled as our orthodontist sees fit. These visits are imperative so that the braces can continue to move the teeth properly. Our orthodontist may adjust the archwires and change the elastic ligatures.

Dealing With Discomfort
Discomfort that may come with braces is manageable. In many cases, the discomfort occurs after braces application or adjustment appointments. Taking over-the-counter medication can relieve soreness. You can also rinse with salt water to lessen discomfort. We are happy to share more advice about dealing with discomfort.

We invite you to contact Orthodontic Specialists, P.A. at 952-469-6760 today to learn more about braces in Lakeville, Minnesota, and to set up an appointment.