First Days with Braces

First Days with Braces

At Jaffe Orthodontics, we want your orthodontic experience at our Barrington, Portsmouth & Bristol office to be a delightful time. After your visit with orthodontist Jordan Jaffe and his lovely team, we want to ease any pain or concerns you may have by preparing you with what to expect. We like our patients to be well informed. So, below we have provided specific information on what a patient may expect during their first few days with braces. Here are a few tips and insights that will help you get started on the path to a beautiful new smile!


It is not uncommon for your teeth to feel tender or sore after first getting braces. Our Barrington, Portsmouth & Bristol, RI orthodontist suggests taking acetaminophen (Tylenol®, for example) for this soreness, as other pain relievers such as aspirin and ibuprofen slow down tooth movement. However, you may take a dose of Tylenol and a dose of Advil together for the first day or two – this should be more than enough to relieve any discomfort. After the first few days, our orthodontist suggests that you switch to Tylenol, and only as needed. After roughly four days, you should notice your discomfort decreasing every day until you feel completely normal again, roughly a week or two after first getting braces.

Loose Brackets

Brackets may sometimes come loose from teeth during treatment. This is easily fixed – simply call our Barrington, Portsmouth & Bristol office and schedule an appointment with us so we can reattach the bracket. If brackets come loose regularly during the length of your orthodontic treatment, however, it may indicate that you need to pay more attention to the foods you are eating, or the activities you are engaging in (at least without a proper mouth guard).

Foods to Avoid

For the most part, common sense will tell you what to avoid. Hard foods, sticky foods and foods high in sugar must be avoided. Hard foods can break or damage wires and brackets. Sticky foods can get caught between brackets and wires. Dr. Jaffe recommends that you minimize sugary foods; they cause tooth decay and related problems. Nail biting, pencil and pen chewing and chewing on foreign objects should also be avoided after you receive braces from our Barrington, Portsmouth & Bristol orthodontist.

Oral Hygiene

Proper oral hygiene is always important, but it is especially critical when undergoing orthodontic treatment. This is because braces can make it more difficult for you to brush and floss properly.

Contact Your Barrington, Portsmouth & Bristol, RI Orthodontist Today!

If you experience any extraordinary pains or loose brackets, we encourage you to call our orthodontic office to schedule an appointment with Dr. Jaffe. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact us, and one of our friendly staff members will answer the phone to aid you. Our convenient locations in Barrington and Portsmouth, RI allow us to assist those in nearby locations such as Bristol, RI. Please do not hesitate to contact us, even if you have billing questions or help filling out our patient forms. We look forward to your visit with us very soon!

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