Orthodontic Problems & Solutions

New Braces Tips

Here are a few tips to help you get through the first several days with a minimum of discomfort.

General Soreness

There might be a general soreness in the mouth. This can be relieved by rinsing the mouth with a warm salt water mouthwash. Dissolve one teaspoonful of salt in eight ounces of water and rinse your mouth vigorously. If the tenderness is sever, take Tylenol or ibuprofen whatever you normally take for headache or similar pain. Your soreness should end by the third or fourth day.


Be careful to protect the orthodontic appliances when you eat. Faithfully follow our instructions on foods to avoid. For the first day or so, soft foods will be more appropriate. Avoid tough meats, hard breads, and raw vegetables plus any other specific foods we find can cause problems.


If you take part in athletics, its important that you consult us for specific precautions. In case of any accident involving the face, check your mouth and the appliances immediately. If teeth are loosened or the appliances damaged, phone at once for an appointment. In the meantime, treat your discomfort as you would treat any general soreness.

Emergency Appointments

In the Event of an Emergency Please Call: (585) 424-5005
then, follow the directions on the office voicemail.
In the event that of our office cannot be reached - contact your local emergency room.

Cheryl Kelley, DMD Pediatric Dentistry | 370 White Spruce Blvd. | Rochester, NY, 14623
Phone: (585) 424-5005 | Fax: (585) 475-0096 | e-mail: info@asmiletogrowwith.com