Guide to Your First Week In Braces

Did Dr. Grubaugh recommend braces? Trust us, that’s ok. We’re sure you have a ton of questions. But take a deep breath. Our teams in Lansing and DeWitt have applied and removed dozens of braces from dozens of smiles. And guess what? Every patient has survived! And not only that, they had spectacular new smiles. Grubaugh Orthodontics wants to help escort you through your first week in braces.

Braces With Grubaugh Orthodontics

Damon braces, offered at Grubaugh Orthodontics, are a cutting-edge alternative to traditional braces. They feature self-ligating brackets that eliminate the need for elastic or metal ties, resulting in a more comfortable and efficient treatment experience. Unlike conventional braces that rely on friction and pressure, Damon braces utilize a specialized slide mechanism to hold and adjust the archwire. Why is that important? It reduces irritation and allows for smoother tooth movement.

Dr. Ed Grubaugh, a board-certified orthodontist, is highly experienced in providing Damon braces to patients. By choosing Damon braces, you can expect shorter treatment times, fewer office visits, and impressive results that enhance dental health and facial aesthetics.

Preparing for Your First Week in Braces

Before getting braces, preparations are essential to ensure your smooth transition into treatment. One crucial step is attending a pre-treatment appointment. Dr. Grubaugh will evaluate your dental condition and take X-rays or impressions if necessary. Next, the doctor will discuss his treatment plan with you. This appointment is an opportunity to address any concerns or questions.

Additionally, gather the supplies and tools you need for proper oral hygiene with braces. Stock up on a soft-bristled toothbrush, fluoride toothpaste, dental floss, and interdental (think “between the teeth”) brushes or floss threaders (whatever Dr. Grubaugh may recommend). These items will help you effectively clean your teeth and braces, preventing plaque buildup and maintaining optimal oral health throughout your treatment.

Preparing yourself mentally and emotionally is also vital. Understand that the first week in braces may come with slight pain and adjustments, but remember that it’s a temporary phase on the path to a glorious and bright smile. 


Adjusting to braces can be challenging, so Grubaugh Orthodontics wants to share a guide to help you get through your first week in braces.

Getting Braces On

The day you get braces is an exciting milestone. During this appointment, Dr. Grubaugh will carefully apply the brackets to your teeth and secure them with dental adhesive. The doctor will insert the archwires into the brackets and make any necessary adjustments to ensure a proper fit.

After getting braces, you may experience some initial sensations and adjustments in your mouth. It’s normal to feel mild soreness as your teeth and gums adapt to the presence of braces. Dr. Grubaugh may provide you with wax to apply over any brackets or wires causing irritation. 

During the first week, you must be mindful of what you eat. Stick to soft foods that won’t exert excessive pressure on your braces, and avoid sticky or hard-to-chew items that could damage them. This will help minimize pain and reduce the risk of brackets or wires becoming dislodged (yikes!).

Remember to maintain a diligent oral hygiene routine, brushing your teeth after every meal. Also, floss carefully to remove any food particles that may get trapped in your braces. Dr. Grubaugh will provide specific instructions on how to clean your braces effectively, so make sure to follow his guidance.

Contact Grubaugh Orthodontics immediately if you experience severe pain or encounter a loose bracket or wire. Do not attempt to fix it yourself. Dr. Grubaugh and our team are there to support you throughout your treatment and address any concerns that arise.


The Road Ahead With Braces

Now that you have braces, you’re embarking on a path toward a straighter and healthier smile. Adjusting to life with braces may take some time and care, but you’ll soon adapt to your new with the right mindset and proper care routine.

With braces, it’s crucial to maintain excellent oral hygiene to prevent any complications or issues. Follow a thorough brushing routine after every meal, cleaning around the brackets and wires. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste, gently brushing at a 45-degree angle. Flossing is equally important, and you may need to look for floss threaders or interdental brushes to clean between the wires and around the brackets effectively.

As you adjust to your braces, be mindful of the foods you eat. We know we mentioned it before, but it bears repeating. Steer clear of:

  • Gum
  • Ice
  • Corn chips (Doritos, Tostitos, etc.)
  • Nuts (almonds, peanuts, cashews)
  • Chocolate candy bars (Snickers, Butterfinger, Payday) 
  • Popcorn (opt for a different snack at the movies) 
  • Crunchy tacos or nachos (go for soft tortillas on Taco Tuesdays)

Why? These treats can damage your braces or get stuck. Opt for braces-friendly options such as soft fruits, dairy products, and cooked grains. Making smart food choices reduce the risk of orthodontic emergencies and keep your treatment on track.

Remember, patience and perseverance are key. Embrace the changes that come with braces and keep your eye on the end goal—a beautiful smile. Stay committed to your orthodontic appointments and follow the instructions provided by Dr. Grubaugh. This tip will ensure that your treatment progresses smoothly and efficiently.

Adjusting to braces can be challenging, so Grubaugh Orthodontics wants to share a guide to help you get through your first week in braces.

Get To Grubaugh Orthodontics

If you have any concerns or questions, don’t hesitate to contact Grubaugh Orthodontics. Dr. Grubaugh and our team are here to support you and provide guidance throughout your orthodontic journey. Your cooperation and dedication to the treatment plan will pay off. Before you know it, you’ll enjoy the benefits of a stunning, beaming smile.

In conclusion, the first week in braces may come with adjustments. Still, you’ll navigate this exciting journey smoothly with proper care and guidance from Grubaugh Orthodontics. Remember to maintain good oral hygiene, be mindful of your diet, and contact us with any concerns. Ready to take the next step? Schedule your free consultation today, and let our teams in DeWitt and Lansing help you achieve the smile of your dreams.