Patient smiling with braces.


Embarking on your journey to a straighter smile with braces is an exciting step towards achieving the confident, healthy smile you’ve always wanted. At Willis Orthodontics, we understand that wearing braces can raise questions and uncertainties, which is why we’re here to provide you with all the information and support you need throughout your orthodontic treatment.


Wearing braces is a commitment that requires patience and dedication, but the results are well worth it. Here’s what you can expect during your braces journey:

  • Initial Adjustment Period: When you first get your braces, you may experience some discomfort as your mouth adjusts to the new appliances. This discomfort is temporary and can be managed with over-the-counter pain relievers and soft foods.
  • Regular Adjustments: Throughout your treatment, you’ll visit our office periodically for adjustments to your braces. These appointments are essential for ensuring your teeth are moving correctly and that your treatment progresses as planned.
  • Maintaining Oral Hygiene: Proper oral hygiene is crucial when wearing braces to prevent issues like tooth decay and gum disease. You’ll need to brush and floss regularly and may also use special tools like interdental brushes or water flossers to clean around your braces.
  • Dietary Restrictions: Certain foods can damage or get stuck in your braces, so it’s essential to avoid hard, sticky, or chewy foods during your treatment. Opt for softer options like soups, pasta, and smoothies instead.


  • Use Orthodontic Wax: If your braces cause irritation or sores on the inside of your mouth, applying orthodontic wax can provide relief by creating a barrier between the braces and your cheeks or lips.
  • Stay Consistent with Oral Hygiene: Maintaining excellent oral hygiene is key to keeping your teeth and gums healthy during orthodontic treatment. Be sure to brush and floss diligently, and consider using a fluoride mouthwash for added protection against cavities.
  • Follow Your Orthodontist’s Instructions: Your orthodontist will provide you with specific instructions for caring for your braces and teeth. Be sure to follow these instructions closely to ensure the best possible outcome for your treatment.

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