Post-Treatment Instructions

When your child undergoes dental or orthodontic treatment, it is important that they understand what to expect after the treatment is complete. At Blooming Smiles, your Northridge and Woodland Hills Orthodontist, we want to make sure that you and your child are completely informed of what they will experience and anything that will need to be done following their treatment. The following are the most common treatments for children and the instructions for post-treatment care.

Dental Cleaning

  • Some children may experience tooth sensitivity to hot and cold. 
  • Minor bleeding may occur if there was a lot of plaque to remove. If the bleeding becomes excessive, contact your dentist immediately. 
  • Continue to brush and floss as normal.
  • Any discomfort should pass within a couple of days, if not contact our office.

Fillings

  • Do not eat anything for one hour after a filling, so the filling has time to harden completely.
  • While you are numb, make sure not to bite your lips, tongue and inside your cheeks because this can cause injury to soft tissues.
  • Cold and heat sensitivity and gum soreness is possible but will subside in a few days.
  • If there is any discomfort lasting more than a few days, contact our office.

Tooth Extraction

  • Your dentist will place a gauze pad over the extraction site and have you place pressure on the site for one hour.
  • If bleeding continues after an hour, place a new piece of gauze over the site and apply pressure for another 45 minutes.
  • While you are numb, make sure not to bite your lips, tongue and inside your cheeks because this can cause injury to soft tissues.
  • Do not spit, rinse your mouth or use a straw for drinking because it can pull out the clot that is forming to heal your gum.
  • Do not brush or floss on the day of the extraction; you can brush and floss the next day but be gentle around the area where the tooth was extracted.
  • You may experience some pain, bruising, and swelling from the tooth extraction. You can use over-the-counter pain relievers following the extraction or your dentist may give you prescription pain medication. 
  • If your dentist has given you other medications, follow the directions as prescribed.
  • For the first few days after the extraction, only eat soft foods and liquids, such as soup, yogurt, milkshakes, and juice.
  • If you experience excessive bleeding, severe pain, or swelling, contact our office immediately.

Placement of Braces

  • Discomfort and pressure usually begin a few hours after your orthodontic treatment. The pain should subside in a few days. You may take over-the-counter pain relievers to help with the discomfort.
  • You may have the sensation that your braces are “sticking out” of your mouth. This will cease as you become accustomed to the braces, and your tooth alignment improves.
  • While the braces are round and smooth, you may experience some cheek discomfort. You should use orthodontic wax around the brackets to eliminate the irritation. You can also rinse your mouth with warm salt water three times a day or use a pain-relieving gel to soothe any cheek pain.
  • Avoid any hard or sticky foods, as well as objects, such as a pen, so that you do not damage your braces.
  • Diligently brush and floss your teeth so that you do not end up with tooth decay or gum issues.

Invisalign 

  • You will feel some soreness for a few days after you begin your Invisalign treatment. You will also experience this every time you start a new aligner stage. This is a good sign because it means your aligners are working to move your teeth to the desired location.
  • You may take over-the-counter pain relievers to help with the discomfort.
  • The aligners may temporarily affect your speech. It usually takes two to three days for your tongue to get used to the appliance, and then your speech will be back to normal.
  • You should wear your aligners for 22 hours per day, and they should only be removed for eating, brushing, and flossing. 
  • Clean your aligners with your toothbrush. Never place them in boiling water or soak them in mouthwash or denture cleaner.
  • If you damage or lose your aligners, contact our office right away so that we can get you a replacement quickly.

Contact Your Woodland Hills and Northridge Orthodontist Today!

If you have any questions about post-treatment care, please contact us. Our team will be happy to help you. Your Woodland Hills and Northridge orthodontist and pediatric dentist want your child to be comfortable with their post-treatment care. Contact us to schedule an appointment or you can also make an online appointment. We look forward to hearing from you soon!