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Mission Statement

divider Wilmington Orthodontics is dedicated to providing the highest quality orthodontic treatment to our patients in a professional, compassionate and fun environment. Our goal is to create beautiful smiles and healthy, balanced bites. We use state of the art technology for diagnosis and detail oriented treatment planning. We provide outstanding, individualized care for each of our valued patients. We take pride in educating our patients about their orthodontic treatment and communicate in a comprehensive, responsive and caring manner.
We are passionate about our work and dedicated to the total patient experience.

First Days In Braces

Congratulations on your new "tooth jewelry"!

The adhesive used for attaching the braces to your teeth cures rapidly will be set by the end of your visit. You can eat any time after leaving our office. However, we do ask that you be mindful of the suggested list of foods that may be harmful to the braces, avoiding foods that are chewy, sticky, hard and crunchy. Until you become accustomed to eating with your new braces, you may find it beneficial to follow a diet consisting of soft foods.

Initially the braces and your lips feel like they “stick out”. This is completely normal. As you become accustomed to your braces and your tooth alignment improves, this sensation will disappear and will cease to be a concern. Although the brackets have been rounded and smoothed, until the cheek tissues have “toughened”, you may find it helpful to use a small piece of dental wax around the bracket if irritation occurs. You will probably notice some discomfort beginning a few hours after your braces are placed. Some teeth may be “tender” and sensitive to pressure. Occasionally, patients report they experience no discomfort, but most have some soreness during the first few days, dissipating within the week. Exactly when the discomfort ceases is impossible to predict and differs for each patient. You may wish to take non-prescription pain remedies commonly taken for other discomforts such as headaches. For maximum effectiveness, it may be best to take such medications before the discomfort begins.

Before leaving the office, there are routine steps which we ask you complete prior to leaving. These steps will minimize discomfort related to irritation from the braces and ensure an optimal response to treatment. Please make these steps a part of each office visit: