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Post- Op Instructions 

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to follow my doctor’s post-op instructions?

Yes. Every directive is given for a reason, so it is imperative that you follow doctor’s recommendations between appointments. Also, never leave your dental office without the supplies necessary to facilitate post-op care.

Will my post-op instructions apply to every visit?

Possibly. It is important to never leave your doctor’s office until you have a thorough understanding of your responsibilities at home. Continue to use proper brushing and flossing techniques, visit your dentist for periodic cleanings and examinations, and contact your doctor’s office if you have any post-op questions.

The process of placing an orthodontic appliance is non-surgical, but it does require special post-procedural instructions to minimize patient discomfort and protect each patient’s appliance from damage. Failure to follow these instructions can prolong treatment, make treatment more costly, or even result in a dental or orthodontic emergency.

Did you know…

that it is normal for orthodontic patients to experience some pain or discomfort following orthodontic treatment? Usually, soreness occurs in the muscles and teeth and can last for one to two days. During this time, many patients find difficulty eating – especially foods that are hard or crunchy. To relieve discomfort, it is recommended that patients temporarily consume a diet of soft foods or otherwise cut harder foods, like apples, into very small bites.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to follow my doctor’s post-op instructions?

Yes. Every directive is given for a reason, so it is imperative that you follow doctor’s recommendations between appointments. Also, never leave your dental office without the supplies necessary to facilitate post-op care.

What types of post-op instructions will I need to follow?

Instructions vary from patient to patient and according to treatment. But if you have a fixed orthodontic appliance, you will probably have to follow special dietary guidelines to prevent damage to your braces or other orthodontic appliance. Most dietary restrictions include avoiding foods that are very hard or sticky, such as ice and chewy candies. If you do not have a fixed orthodontic appliance, your post-op instructions will include information about storing and cleansing your device.

Will my post-op instructions apply to every visit?

Possibly. It is important to never leave your doctor’s office until you have a thorough understanding of your responsibilities at home. Continue to use proper brushing and flossing techniques, visit your dentist for periodic cleanings and examinations, and contact your doctor’s office if you have any post-op questions.

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