First Week In Braces

What’s the first week in braces like? Dr. Westfall and the Westfall Orthodontics team can tell you all about it. We have offices in Richlands, Abingdon, and Bristol. It’s all just a short drive away. Let’s explore what the first week in braces looks like. 

Adjusting to Oral Sensations

The initial week following the placement of braces is a critical period. It often comes with various new sensations in and around your mouth. Patients commonly report a feeling of pressure or tightness around their teeth. This is a normal response. Your braces are aligning your teeth into their correct positions. You should expect to feel tightness. But you might also feel a mild discomfort. It’s particularly noticeable during the first two to three days.

Managing Pain At Home

Dr. Westfall advises patients like you to prepare for these sensations. Thankfully, our team can offer several practical tips for managing them. One effective method is to apply orthodontic wax on your brackets. This creates a smoother surface. Plus, it reduces irritation against your inner cheeks and lips. Need to ease some minor irritation? Opt for over-the-counter (OTC) pain relievers. Look for acetaminophen or ibuprofen. 

Regular Check-Ups

It’s also worth noting that these sensations are temporary. They usually subside within a week as your mouth adjusts to the new orthodontic appliance. Regular check-ups at Westfall Orthodontics will allow our team to monitor your progress. We will make any necessary adjustments to your braces. Adjustments minimize your discomfort as much as possible.

Some Discomfort Is Normal

The sensations experienced during the first week are a normal part of orthodontics. Knowing what to expect and how to manage it can make this adjustment period more comfortable. Dr. Westfall and the team at Westfall Orthodontics are committed to providing you with the resources and guidance you need during this initial phase.

Dietary Modifications

The first week with braces necessitates changes in your eating habits. A treatment-focused diet protects your comfort and the integrity of your orthodontic appliances. Dr. Westfall recommends a diet that minimizes the risk of damaging your braces.

Eat This, Not That

Soft foods are highly advisable during this initial period. Options such as mashed potatoes, yogurt, and smoothies are gentle on sensitive teeth. Softer foods also pose a lower risk of causing damage to the brackets and wires. We suggest avoiding hard or crunchy foods like ice, popcorn, and hard candies. Hard foods can exert undue pressure on your braces, leading to potential breakages.


Portion size is another consideration. Large pieces of food can be difficult to chew and may result in unnecessary stress on your braces. Dr. Westfall suggests cutting your food into smaller, more manageable pieces. It will make eating both easier and more enjoyable.


Approach extremely hot or cold foods with caution. Very hot or cold items can make your tooth sensitivity worse, especially during your first week with braces. Opting for foods that are closer to room temperature can make eating a more comfortable experience.

Stick With Your New Diet

Dietary modifications are integral to your first week with braces. Adhering to these guidelines can significantly contribute to a smoother adjustment period. Dr. Westfall and our team at Westfall Orthodontics are here to help with all your dietary needs. 

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Oral Hygiene Essentials

Maintaining optimal oral hygiene is paramount, especially during the first week with braces. The new orthodontic appliances in your mouth create additional areas where food particles and plaque can accumulate. Dr. Westfall emphasizes that diligent oral care is crucial during this period. Here are a few healthy orthodontic habits to keep your treatment moving at full speed.

Brush On, Brush Off

You’ve got to brush your teeth after every meal. A soft-bristled toothbrush can effectively remove food debris while being gentle on the braces and your gums. Dr. Westfall also advises incorporating a fluoride mouthwash into your daily routine. This gives you some protection against cavities.

Be A Boss With Your Floss

Flossing presents a unique challenge with braces. However, it remains an essential component of oral hygiene. Special orthodontic flossers make cleaning between the wires and brackets easier. Regular check-ups at Westfall Orthodontics include professional cleanings that complement your at-home oral care regimen.

Good Hygiene Yields Results

It’s also important to note that poor oral hygiene can lead to complications that may extend the duration of your orthodontic treatment. Therefore, adhering to these oral hygiene essentials is not just about maintaining dental health. Good hygiene keeps you on the path to a well-aligned smile.

Monitoring and Follow-up

Do you have a scheduled appointment? Show up early to our Richlands, Abingdon, and Bristol offices. Appointments are critical to successful orthodontic treatment, especially during the initial stages. Dr. Westfall underscores the importance of these check-ups for several reasons. They allow for the assessment of your treatment’s progress. We design your braces to apply consistent pressure to move your teeth into their desired positions. Monitoring verifies that this pressure is not causing you undue stress or discomfort.

Adjudicate Your Adjustments

Regular visits allow our team to make adjustments to your braces. It’s common for wires or brackets to shift during the first week. Dr. Westfall can make the necessary adjustments to keep your treatment on track. These adjustments are generally quick. But you might notice some more tightness in your teeth afterward. 

Check-In For Your Check-Up

Regular check-ups also offer a way to discuss any concerns or questions. Whether it’s about managing discomfort, oral hygiene, or dietary changes, Dr. Westfall and our team at Westfall Orthodontics are there to provide expert advice and solutions.

Continuous Consistency

It’s worth noting that Westfall Orthodontics values your time and offers the convenience of starting treatment on the same day as your consultation. This approach minimizes the required visits and makes the treatment process more efficient. Consistent monitoring and follow-up visits are essential for successful orthodontic treatment. 

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Have An Awesome First Week In Braces At Westfall Orthodontics

Whether in Richlands, Abingdon, or Bristol, Westfall Orthodontics wants you to have an amazing first week in braces. Visit us here to schedule your free consultation with Dr. Westfall.