Preparing for Braces


While many people dread the idea of getting braces, the reality is, braces offer much to be excited about. Think about the fact that braces promise not just a more attractive smile, but also ensure your bite is healthy and your teeth are aligned so you’re less prone to decay.


With that in mind, it’s important that you prepare for braces before you embark on this exciting adventure with Dr. Faleye and her team at The Orthodontic Clinic.


Schedule Your First Appointment


Chances are you already know you need braces, but there are many situations that require orthodontic care that people might not realize. Schedule an appointment with our office for a thorough exam and x-rays so that we can determine the best course of action for your specific needs.


Have Realistic Expectations


Talk with the doctor about what you can expect as far as long-term and short-term results. You don’t want to walk out of your appointment thinking that you’ll have a perfect smile in just a few months. The reality is that most orthodontic treatment takes at least a year (with Invisalign) or more (with traditional braces). You’ll see results over time and the final result after you finish treatment.


Understand How to Care for Braces


Living with braces will require you to adjust some of your oral hygiene routines. If you’re getting Invisalign, then you’ll need to know how to keep your trays clean. Similarly, if you’re getting traditional brackets, you’ll want to understand how to clean beneath them to avoid staining your teeth and which tools are the right ones for you. This is something we can help walk you through.


Prepare for Some Discomfort


Everyone’s experience is different, but some patients report experiencing minor discomfort after getting traditional bracket braces. Talk with Dr. Faleye about how to manage this discomfort. Typically over the counter pain medications will work just fine and you won’t need anything stronger.


Gather a List of Foods


In the first few days of having braces, you’ll want to have a supply of soft foods to enjoy while your mouth adjusts to having braces. You’ll also want to know which foods to eat in the long run and which ones to avoid. Generally, we advise patients to stay away from anything that is sticky or super hard, as these can damage your teeth and orthodontic treatment.

If you’re in need of orthodontic treatment or have questions about it, contact our team at The Orthodontic Clinic!




Dr. Adeola Faleye

From our two locations in Bartlett and Memphis, TN, The Orthodontic Clinic P.C. proudly serves our community with the assistance of our team of orthodontic experts. We provide flexible appointment times and personalized care that ensures the incredible results you need and a beautiful smile that will be with you forever.


Call us at:



The Orthodontic Clinic, P.C.


Bartlett Location:


6637 Summer Knoll Circle, Suite 102

Bartlett, TN 38134


East Memphis Location:


1713 Kirby Parkway

Memphis, TN 38120


Fax:  901 507 4772






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