First Day with Braces

Before Leaving our Office

To minimize discomfort and eliminate any future confusion, we follow these steps before you leave our office with your new braces.

  • Make sure you understood your doctor’s instructions and have a chance to ask questions about what steps to follow until your next scheduled appointment.
  • We will make sure we go over brushing and flossing with you and foods to avoid.
  • We will make sure you have enough dental wax; you will need it!  
  • We will have you move your teeth around to check for all wires that may be poking you.
  • We will schedule your follow-up appointment!  Appointment times fill up quickly! Don’t delay your treatment by not scheduling your next appointment!

Getting Used to Your New Braces

It will take a day or two to get use to the feeling of having braces on your teeth. They may feel like they stick out a bit, but you will soon get use to them!

Right after you get your braces, your teeth and mouth will likely feel sore or tender. The brackets may even scratch your cheeks.

To alleviate the discomfort:

  • Gargle with lukewarm saltwater, which is a mixture of one teaspoon of salt dissolved in eight ounces of water.
  • Take acetaminophen or other non-aspirin pain relievers.
  • Use a heating pad to reduce the soreness in your jaws.