Home Care for Braces

Please check your braces once a week for anything loose or bent. If a bracket or band comes loose or you break a wire, please call our office so that we can arrange an appointment long enough to repair it.  Be as specific as possible with our appointment coordinator.  If you lose your rubber bands, call us so we can mail you some more or drop by the office and pick some up.

Sore Teeth

After your braces have been placed, expect your teeth to be sore for the next couple of days. Tylenol or Advil will help relieve this discomfort. Your braces may cause some irritation to  your cheeks and lips. Applying wax as needed will help alleviate your discomfort, but if you feel anything sharp poking you, please call our office at Freels Ortho Phone Number 956.631.8181.

Rubber Bands

When the time comes to start using rubber bands, you will need to wear them as prescribed by Dr. Freels. Rubber bands provide a continuous but gentle force that move certain teeth or groups of teeth. Rubber bands must be worn consistently in order to move teeth to the desired position within the desired amount of time.  Any time missed in wearing your rubber bands will only make your treatment take longer, so remember these things:


  • You are responsible for placing the rubber bands on your braces between appointments. Make sure to wear them as instructed. Remove them only when brushing your teeth, gums and braces after meals. Then put them back on immediately.
  • Always carry your rubber bands with you so in case one snaps you can replace it right away. If your supply is low you can stop by the office or request them to be mailed to you.
  • If you forget to apply your rubber bands one day, don’t double up the next day — just follow your regular instructions.

If your rubber bands break frequently, a wire or band loosens, or a hook breaks off — call our office immediately at Freels Ortho Phone Number 956.631.8181.