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What to Prepare During Your First Braces Appointment

August 3, 2023

Child thumbs up first dental braces appointment

Are you about to embark on your journey to a beautiful smile with braces? Congratulations! Getting braces is a significant step towards achieving proper teeth alignment and a confident smile. However, before you head to your first braces appointment, there are some essential items you should bring along to ensure a smooth and comfortable experience. In this article, we’ll walk you through a comprehensive checklist of what to bring during your first braces appointment, ensuring you’re well-prepared for the orthodontic journey.


Necessary Paperwork

Before entering your orthodontist’s office, ensure you have all the required paperwork. This may include your dental and medical history forms, insurance information, identification documents, and completed patient consent forms. Having these documents ready will save time and allow your orthodontist to understand your dental background completely.


List of Medications

If you are currently taking any medications, it’s essential to provide your orthodontist with a list of these medications and their dosages. Some medications may interact with certain orthodontic treatments, so your orthodontist needs to be aware of your medical history.

Pain Relief

It’s common to experience some discomfort after getting braces. Over-the-counter pain relievers like ibuprofen or acetaminophen can help ease any soreness when wearing braces.

Orthodontic Wax

Braces can sometimes cause irritation or sores in your mouth as your lips and cheeks adjust to the brackets and wires. Orthodontic wax can provide relief by creating a smooth barrier between your braces and oral tissues.

Lip Balm

Your lips may become dry or chapped, especially during the winter months, due to the presence of braces. Keeping lip balm in your bag will help moisturize and comfort your lips.

Water Bottle

Braces can sometimes cause mild discomfort, and having a water bottle on hand will keep you hydrated and help rinse your mouth if needed.

Face Mask

Wearing a face mask is still encouraged while visiting the orthodontist’s office. Make sure to bring your mask along to adhere to any hygiene protocols.

Hair Tie

If you have long hair, bringing a hair tie can be helpful to keep your hair away from your face during the appointment.


Braces appointments may take some time, so having something to keep you entertained, like a book, magazine, or music player, can make the experience more enjoyable.

Positive Attitude

Lastly, remember to bring a positive attitude! Getting braces is an exciting step towards a confident smile, and maintaining a positive mindset will help you embrace the journey with enthusiasm.

Enjoy your First Visit!

Your first braces appointment marks the beginning of a transformative journey toward a beautiful smile. Bringing the essential items mentioned in this article ensures that your orthodontic experience is comfortable and stress-free. Be prepared with the necessary paperwork, oral hygiene kit, pain relief, and orthodontic wax. Remember to maintain a positive attitude and ask any questions you may have. Embrace the process, and soon, you’ll be flashing that perfect smile you’ve always dreamed of!

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Will getting braces hurt?

Braces may cause initial discomfort as your teeth adjust, but any soreness should subside within a few days.

How long will my braces treatment last?

The duration of braces treatment varies from person to person, but it typically ranges from one to three years.

Can I play sports with braces?

You can still participate in sports with braces, but wearing a mouthguard to protect your braces and teeth is essential.

Can I eat any foods with braces?

While wearing braces, avoiding sticky, hard, and chewy foods that could damage the brackets and wires is best.

How often should I visit my orthodontist for adjustments?

You’ll need to visit your orthodontist every four to six weeks for adjustments and to monitor your progress.


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