What to Expect When Living with Braces

Living with braces can be a small adjustment, but is certainly well worth the outcome. There are several things that can significantly improve your experience while undergoing your orthodontic treatment. Dr. L. Douglas Knight and our team, serving both Louisville, KY and Radcliff, KY areas, are happy to answer any questions you may have about your new braces. Following a few simple steps can ensure you have the best experience possible. Here are some normal things you can expect during your orthodontic treatment.

Sensitivity and Mild Soreness

General soreness is possible when you first get your braces. It is normal to experience tenderness and pressure sensitivity when biting down. This discomfort typically lasts between three to five days. Swishing with a warm salt water rinse (one teaspoonful of salt to eight ounces of warm water) can help alleviate the soreness. If necessary, take an over-the-counter pain reliever, such as acetaminophen, ibuprofen, or naproxen.

You may also experience soreness or irritation on your tongue, lips, or cheeks. This should subside in one to two weeks after your tissues adapt to your new braces. In the meantime, you can place orthodontic wax on the braces to alleviate your discomfort. If you feel wax will be necessary, we can provide it for you and give you instructions for its use.

Tooth Mobility

It is normal for your teeth to feel loose or mobile throughout your orthodontic treatment. This is not a cause for concern, as it is a common byproduct of braces. In fact, your teeth must loosen slightly so they can be properly moved into their new positions. Once your treatment is complete, your teeth will tighten up again.

Taking Care of Your Braces

In order to successfully complete orthodontic treatment, you must be compliant and work cooperatively with Dr. Knight. It is imperative that you consistently wear all appliances as prescribed so you can complete your treatment in a timely manner. Be sure to continue proper brushing and flossing, as dental hygiene is even more important for a patient who has braces. It is also vitally important to schedule and attend all appointments so we can track your progress.

Occasionally, a band, wire, or bracket may come loose. There is no need to be alarmed if this happens, as it can be typical during routine treatment. Simply call our office and describe the issue. Our team can help walk you through instructions, should further guidelines be necessary. In the meantime, here is some helpful advice on how to handle the situation until you can make it to our office:

  • Loose wire: Sometimes a wire can stick out or protrude, causing irritation to the lip or cheek tissue. If this occurs, use a blunt object (such as a spoon or a pencil eraser) to gently push the offending wire underneath the arch wire. If discomfort persists, place a piece of orthodontic wax to the wire to diminish irritation. Call our office as soon as possible to schedule a visit so our team can address the situation. If a piece of the wire comes off, save it and bring it with you to your appointment.
  • Broken bracket: If an orthodontic bracket comes loose or breaks, call our office immediately. We will schedule an appointment to evaluate and address the issue. If the bracket is still attached to the arch wire, you can place a small piece of orthodontic wax over the bracket to stabilize it. If the bracket has completely come off, simply save it and bring it to the office with you.

Eating with Braces

There are a few limitations when it comes to eating food with your new braces. It is helpful to stock your pantry with soft and nutritious foods for the first couple of days. While you will be able to resume a normal diet for the most part, there are a few foods you should avoid:

  • Crunchy foods: chips, ice, popcorn, raw vegetables
  • Sticky foods: chewing gum, caramel, toffee
  • Chewy foods: hard bread, bagels, tough meat, licorice
  • Hard foods: candy, nuts
  • Foods you must bite into: apples, carrots, corn on the cob
  • Habitual chewing: fingernails, pens, pencils

By avoiding these types of foods, you can help ensure your braces remain in good shape. Damaged braces can prevent the teeth from moving properly and increase treatment time.

Athletic Mouth Guards

If you play sports, it is imperative that you let us know. A protective mouth guard is recommended for orthodontic patients who play contact sports. A custom guard can be fabricated to fit properly with your braces. If you are involved in a sports-related accident, evaluate your mouth and your appliances immediately. In case of trauma to the lips or face, apply an ice compress to reduce swelling and remain calm. Contact us right away so we can give you further instructions. In severe cases, contact the Emergency Department at the hospital.

If you have lost a tooth due to trauma, gently clean it off, and replace it in the socket if possible. If placing your tooth in the socket is not reasonable, hold it in your mouth to keep it hydrated. In the meantime, take an over-the-counter pain medication, such as acetaminophen, ibuprofen, or naproxen to alleviate your discomfort.

Call Us Anytime!

Living with braces can come with some challenges, but at Knight Orthodontics, we are here to help you every step of the way. If you have questions or concerns throughout the entirety of your procedure, contact our office so we can walk you through it. If you need to visit our office, there is no need to wait until your monthly appointment. Contact us online or call our office at (502) 326-6453 (Louisville) or (270) 351-5151 (Radcliff) to schedule an appointment.

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Knight Orthodontics Locations

Louisville, KY

L. Douglas Knight D.M.D.
3210 Westport Green Pl.
Louisville, KY 40241
(502) 327-6453

Radcliff, KY

L. Douglas Knight D.M.D.
555 W. Lincoln Trail Blvd.
Radcliff, KY 40160
(270) 351-5151

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Carrie Jordan
Carrie Jordan
21:33 20 Aug 18
Hands down the best! Ensures that treatment plan is working and adjusts it as necessary. Great office staff, always friendly and helpful! Thanks for the smile!!
Ellie Fields
Ellie Fields
17:48 21 May 18
Very helpful and very nice staff!! Never had to wait to be called back. Made having braces a little bit better.
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Benjamin Ahmetagic
15:39 14 May 18
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Eric D
14:14 10 May 18
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Kristen Cox
Kristen Cox
15:25 25 Apr 18
Dr. Knight and his team have always made me feel comfortable and welcome in the facility. Aside from the team being extremely friendly, this is one of the most professional practices I have been to in a long time. Customer service goes a long way nowadays and Dr. Knight and his team go above and beyond. I will continue to recommend Dr. Knight to friends and family in need of orthodontics. Kristen Cox
Angela Shupe
Angela Shupe
01:35 10 Apr 18
Dr. Knight has provided service to three of my children. One child presented much more than a simple case requiring two rounds of braces, multiple retainers and even oral surgery, all of which Dr. Knight carefully and caringly oversaw. He worked closely with the oral surgeon to achieve the best possible results. In addition, he referred us to a dentist to finish the process with additional cosmetic procedures. The staff at the office are all wonderful to work with. They are very accommodating of scheduling issues and quick to follow up when there are questions or concerns.
Heather Shoopman
Heather Shoopman
20:06 04 Apr 18
Dr. Knight and his staff are wonderful. They get to know you on a personal level. It was a wonderful experience and I am grateful for the amazing work the office provided. I have a beautiful smile and I owe that all to Knight Orthodontics!
Melissa Crawford
Melissa Crawford
18:38 26 Mar 18
Our boys love Dr. Knight! It's been a great experience all the way around, the staff is super helpful, appointments are quick, and the results are remarkable! Highly recommend you won't be disappointed.
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Charles Sima
18:39 16 Mar 18
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Cody Everett
Cody Everett
18:20 14 Mar 18
Dr. Knight and Staff are wonderful people who do great work. You can feel that they genuinely care about your dental progress and are always willing to accommodate your needs as a patient. I am elated with my new smile.
Tara Moore
Tara Moore
17:04 10 Mar 18
I had braces in my teens and pretty extensive work to correct my overbite and alignment. They made it as painless as they possibly could, especially for a teenager. They were always so friendly. I just called to get my records to have on file (I am 25 now) and they told me Dr. Knight had to sign off on them for me to receive them. He called me personally the next day- a Saturday- to see how I was doing and to let me know I could come get my records. What an awesome guy, an amazing practice, and friendly and helpful staff. I definitely recommend them.
Nikki Melton
Nikki Melton
14:14 08 Mar 18
Absolutely love the staff and Dr Knight! They are always very friendly and take the time to listen to concerns and answer questions. They have done amazing things with my 8 year olds teeth and I look forward to how ever much time we have left as they continue to make her smile perfect.
Becky Meredith
Becky Meredith
23:23 07 Mar 18
Everyone is so friendly and very professional. I really didn’t want braces but I’m so pleased with the result. I recommend Dr Knight and his office staff highly!
Patrick Thompson
Patrick Thompson
22:20 22 Jan 18
A very professional, efficient, and friendly doctor and office staff. And great results for my teen daughter.
Noshia Saunders
Noshia Saunders
23:43 21 Dec 17
Staff is always pleasant and I was surprised at my second visit they knew my name as soon as I walked in! Very family and community oriented.
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Sentinel-7
22:40 19 Dec 17
Great service and excellent follow up appointments whether you have to have braces or anything else you need. They also have brand new, very useful and innovative technology at Knight Orthodontics. I would highly recommend it.
Grace Linscott
Grace Linscott
21:47 03 Nov 17
The workers were excellent. They took really good care of me. Dr. Knight was awesome couldn’t have asked for a better orthodontist
Genevieve Mulkins
Genevieve Mulkins
20:15 01 Nov 17
Dr Knight and his staff provide outstanding care; they are always kind; work around our busy schedule and are always understanding. I highly recommend Dr Knight to everyone.
George Atkins
George Atkins
13:46 01 Nov 17
The staff were all very nice and friendly! Dr. Knight had me in and out of braces very quickly and easily.
D Pedro
D Pedro
00:33 31 Oct 17
Dr. Knight did an awesome job on our child’s teeth. Other Orthodontists said the job couldn’t be done. Dr Knight not only said he could do it, he took away all our concerns. We highly recommend Knight Orthodontics!!
Emily Cyphers
Emily Cyphers
14:18 24 Oct 17
I went in for a permanent retainer repair for the first time with Dr. Knight, and had a wonderful experience. I'm new to Kentucky and he talked with me like he new me for years, he was so personable and took the time to get to know me. He had never worked on my teeth before but knew exactly what to do to re-straighten them and get a retainer back in. There is no "new patient" fee which is always nice. He seems to truly care about his patients' smile (teeth) and I will continue to come back to him for any orthodontic care.
Will Heemsoth
Will Heemsoth
21:02 11 Oct 17
Dr Knight and his staff are amazing. My son's treatment went very well and we are tremendously happy with the results. Scheduling was super easy and we always got in and out on time.
David Jones
David Jones
16:54 05 Oct 17
Dr. Knight is an expert and simply one of the best orthodontics in the area. His staff are very friendly and professional. I highly recommend, especially if you have a complex or difficult case .
Beth Searcy
Beth Searcy
01:54 07 Sep 17
My issue was more complicated than simply braces to straighten teeth - it included extensive jaw advancement surgery as well. Dr Knight and his staff were great through the entire 18 month process - always available, always willing to answer any questions and they also maintained constant communication with the surgeon so that everyone was always on the same page which was very comforting.
Harrison Bratton
Harrison Bratton
22:27 01 Sep 17
Staff is great, extremely helpful and reliable. Dr.Knight suggests the best things for you and is very good at his job. My smile is bigger and brighter thanks to them !
Reggie Smith
Reggie Smith
20:53 10 Aug 17
All 4 of my children have had braces at Dr. Knight. He's been been wonderful and I'd highly recommend him. His staff have been really great to work with as well!
Marla Harris
Marla Harris
19:52 09 Aug 17
Dr. Knight and his staff have been wonderful throughout the entire process starting with braces for my daughter and now my son. Both of my children had positive experiences with Dr. Knight and his staff. I would highly recommend Knight Orthodontics to anyone. Thanks for making my children's smiles even more beautiful! Marla Harris
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thomas troxtle
19:20 14 Jun 17
Dr. Knight and his team are remarkable! I can't give enough positive feedback about them. Caring, kind, attentive and personal. It is definitely 100% about the clients. Great work. Life changing. 10 out of 5 stars!!
Elizabeth Clark
Elizabeth Clark
00:28 04 Jun 17
I have enjoyed my second round of wearing braces. He has done an excellent job correcting my bite and the time flew by. Before I knew it, my braces were coming off. Dr. Knight and his team really care and take an interest. I used the emergency number, after hours, and Dr. Knight was there for me. When my children come to the point in their life when they will need orthodontics, I will make their appointments with Dr. Knight! Thank you, Dr. Knight and team!
Macreena Groody
Macreena Groody
21:21 02 Jun 17
I've been coming to Knight Orthodontics since I was in grade school. The team is so friendly and professional, you will always be greeted with a smile. Dr. Knight and his incredible staff make me feel right at home. Dr. Knight has done an amazing job not just on my own teeth, but on my mom and brother's as well. I highly recommend this office!
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