about me textI graduated in 2016 from Medical University - Sofia with Distinction "Golden Hipokrat".

During the same year I started my specialization in one of the most desired departments - Orthodontics at the Faculty of Dental Medicine. I graduated in 2019.

In 2016, I spent a month on an exchange program at UTHSC Tennessee, USA, where I specialized in orthodontic sector for the majority of time.

In 2017, on my own initiative, I visited the Department of Orthodontics - VCU Richmond, USA.

I am a member of:
• Bulgarian Dental Union (BZS);
• Bulgarian Orthodontic Society (BSO);
• European Orthodontic Society (EOS);
• American Association of Orthodontics (AAO);
• World Federation of Orthodontics (WFO);
• Italian Society of Orthodontics (SIDO);

I have a license to work with the American Invisalign system of aligners.

Eating

Braces "start to work" almost immediately - just a few hours after they are placed. Arch wires are the mechanism exerting force upon teeth and are actually responsible for their alignment. After tightening the arches, the patient begins to feel numbness and pain, which are strongest after the first 24-48 hours, can last from 2-3 days up to a week and gradually begin to reduce. The discomfort is strongest in the area of the front teeth (compared to the back) and in the lower jaw (compared to the upper). It is rarely necessary to take painkillers, but still pain is a subjective concept.

Feeding during the initial period of orthodontic treatment can be challenging. However, I have to reassure you that with the right selection of nutrition, the unpleasant feeling during eating will be soon brought to minimal. It is good to start with softer foods (liquids, creams, soups, purees, etc.) and over time you will return to your normal diet.

Forbidden foods

Crunchy food: popcorn, ice, chips;

Sticky food:caramel products (candies, snickers), chewing gum;

Solids: nuts, candies, toasts, baked rolls, cubes, pitted olives, cherries, etc.;

Snacks: corn, apples, carrots (I recommend cutting them in wedges);

*Chewing on hard objects such as pens and pencils and biting nails.

All of these can damage or rip off the braces. Damaged braces will prolong treatment.