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Life with Braces

Your braces will be bonded quickly, comfortably and easily to your teeth. However, it will take a few days for the adhesives to fully cure and completely affix the braces to your teeth. It is a good idea to wait several hours after getting braces before eating solid food, and to be especially careful when eating and cleaning your teeth for the first few days after braces were glued to your teeth. You may find it easier to eat soft foods for the first couple of days while you are becoming accustomed to eating with your new braces.

Comfort Concerns

Your braces may feel a little awkward at first, and your teeth or lips may be tender or sensitive to pressure. This is completely normal and will go away in a few days. It may feel as though the braces are “sticking out,” but this sensation will also soon pass.

Some patients experience discomfort after the braces are first placed. The soreness will go away within the first few days or even hours. It is impossible to predict exactly when the tenderness will end. Some patients choose to take over the counter pain relievers for the first couple of days after starting treatment to lessen any discomfort.4 they could experience. To ensure the best result, we recommend that our patients take such medications prior to their appointment.

To alleviate discomfort:

  • Gargle with lukewarm saltwater, which is a mixture of one teaspoon of salt dissolved in eight ounces of water.
  • Take acetaminophen, ibuprofen, or another non-aspirin pain reliever.
  • Use a warm washcloth or heating pad to reduce the soreness in your jaws.
  • Use orthodontic wax to prevent brackets from rubbing against your lips and cheeks.
Adjusting Braces during office visit