Theres a thin line (pardon the pun) between irritation that you'll get used to, and a wire that can't be tamed. LOL. I dealt with the wire pain for many days before the pain was too much. I finally went to my ortho who informed me that my teeth had shifted so quickly that the wire was already poking out of the back and needed to be clipped. I went in 6 times that 1st month I think- all for the same issue. Don't let it go that long like I did! Wax is really hard to get on that part- and normal irritation is normal- but if you can reach back there and feel the sharpness of the wire digging into your cheek, have it clipped. It only takes 5 seconds to do and it's free! Trust me, instant relief!!!