First Days With Braces

Everything You Need To Know About Your First Days With Braces

The day has finally arrived! You’re about to get your braces on, and you’re on your way to a strong and healthy smile. One of the most common questions we get from patients is whether or not they hurt when they’re getting placed on, or at any time throughout the process. The great news is, placing braces is painless, so don’t be nervous or anxious for your appointment. However, once we thread the wire through your brackets, some slight tightness and discomfort can follow. 

Of course, pain is subjective, and can vary from patient to patient. Generally, the soreness will continue to decrease by the day, and by the fourth or fifth day, you’ll feel much better. At Drs. Najem & Lehky Orthodontics, we use the most advanced appliances and technology to ensure that you’ll have the most comfortable experience possible. Below, you’ll find more tips for dealing with the early days with braces, and how to gradually adapt to your new braces.

Before You Leave Our Office

We want to make sure your braces fit comfortably before you leave our office. Following these steps after we wrap up your appointment will minimize your discomfort levels and ensure your treatment is progressing as planned.

  • Check For Wire Ends And Loose Brackets - Use your fingers and tongue to feel around your mouth for any problem areas. 
  • Ask For Extra Wax, Rubber Bands, Or Cleaning Aids If Necessary - Be sure to follow your treatment plan by having all your supplies, so that you’re on schedule for your next visit to our office.
  • Schedule Your Next Appointment - To maximize efficiency and ensure you stay on schedule, book your next visit while you’re at our office.


How long will I be sore and what should I take for the pain? After you leave our office, you will begin to feel the first effects of braces, which is excess saliva production and general tightness. The second and third days with braces generally are the most uncomfortable, but after that, you’ll increasingly feel more normal. It’s recommended that you take Tylenol (acetaminophen) to help relieve pain during the first couple days, and avoid other medications like Advil, since it’s know to slow down tooth movement. 

What if one of my brackets or wires come loose? Please use wax to cover the irritated area, and then give one of our offices a call, so we can fix the problem as soon as possible 

Why am I getting cuts inside my mouth? Our brackets are smoothed to ensure you have the most comfortable transition possible, but it does take time for your mouth to adjust. Use wax to cover the bracket that’s causing you irritation, but over time, your mouth will toughen and you’ll have fewer cuts.

What foods should I avoid? Generally, you should avoid sticky or gooey foods, since they can easily get stuck in your braces. Hard foods, such as apples, celery, and carrots are still fine, as long as they’re cut up into smaller pieces. Finally, you should reduce the amounts of sugary, starchy, and acidic foods and beverages, as they can delay your treatment and cause other oral health problems down the line. 

Of course, brushing and flossing are more important than ever. Be sure to clean your teeth properly in the morning, after meals, and before bed. Also, use threaders to effectively floss those hard-to-reach places in between your braces. 

Still Feeling Sore? Call Us Today!

At Drs. Najem & Lehky Orthodontics, we provide the highest quality of orthodontic care to our patients, at our Fairlawn or Cortland office. If you have any questions about our variety of treatment options, or need tips for coping with your first days with braces, contact one of our offices. One of our dedicated staff members would be happy to assist you. We look forward to giving you a beautiful smile!​