Congratulations! You are now the proud owner of me. I’m a functional appliance. Just like regular braces, it will take time to adjust to me, so please be patient — the end result will be worth it.
First of all, let me say that I am not food! You know that, but your brain doesn’t. At first, your mouth will produce a lot of saliva because your brain thinks I am food in your mouth. It will soon learn that I am not food, and you won’t have to slurp as much.
Even though I was custom made just for you, there may be a spot or two that causes irritation. When you come back to see Dr. Block, she will take care of these areas that bother you. I’m working every time you swallow or talk. When you clean your teeth, clean me!
At first, you may talk a little funny, but this will improve with time. Reading out loud with me in place will help you talk clearly in a very short time. At first, you may talk a little funny, but this will improve with time.
Dr. Block may have asked you to turn my hinges a certain way every few days. These things are important, so remember to do them.
Keep me clean!
Remember that it took a long time to make me, so please be careful with me!
I must apologize for one thing. I might make your teeth a little tender for a few days because they are starting to move. If they don’t feel better after 3 days, please let Dr. Block know.
Treat me well and I will work very hard to fix your teeth and help you jaws grow the way that they should.