First Days in Braces

The first day of wearing braces can be a nerve-wracking experience, but it doesn’t have to be! Here are some tips to help you prepare for your first day in braces and make the experience as comfortable as possible:

  1. Eat soft foods: Your teeth will be sore after getting braces, so it’s best to stick to soft foods like soup, mashed potatoes, and smoothies. Avoid hard, crunchy, or sticky foods that could damage your brackets or wires.
  2. Use wax: Your brackets and wires may rub against the inside of your mouth, causing irritation and soreness. Use orthodontic wax to cover the brackets and relieve any discomfort.
  3. Keep your mouth clean: It’s important to maintain good oral hygiene while wearing braces. Brush and floss regularly to prevent plaque buildup and decay.
  4. Take pain relievers: If you experience pain or discomfort after getting braces, take over-the-counter pain relievers like ibuprofen or acetaminophen as directed.
  5. Follow your orthodontist’s instructions: Your orthodontist will provide you with specific instructions on how to care for your braces and what to expect during your treatment. Follow these instructions carefully to ensure the best possible outcome.

Remember, getting braces is a big step towards achieving a beautiful, healthy smile. With a little preparation and the right mindset, your first day in braces can be a positive and exciting experience.

Before leaving the office, there are a few important steps to take after getting braces.

  • Check your braces: Before leaving the office, make sure to check your braces and ensure that they are securely attached to your teeth. If you notice any loose brackets or wires, inform your orthodontist right away.
  • Learn how to clean your braces: Your orthodontist or dental hygienist will show you how to clean and care for your braces properly. Be sure to pay close attention to these instructions, as maintaining good oral hygiene is crucial to successful orthodontic treatment.
  • Review dietary restrictions: Your orthodontist may have provided you with a list of foods to avoid while wearing braces. Review these restrictions and make any necessary adjustments to your diet to avoid damaging your braces.
  • Schedule your next appointment: Your orthodontist will need to monitor your progress throughout your treatment regularly. Before leaving the office, schedule your next appointment to ensure you stay on track with your treatment plan.
  • Ask questions: Don’t hesitate to ask any questions you may have before leaving the office. Your orthodontist and their team are there to help you throughout your orthodontic journey, and it’s important to feel comfortable and informed.