It’s common to experience some discomfort or mild soreness when you first get braces or after adjustments. This discomfort is usually temporary and varies from person to person. Here’s what you can expect:

  1. Initial Discomfort: When you first get braces, your teeth and gums may feel sore as they adjust to the new pressure. This discomfort typically lasts for a few days to a week.
  2. Adjustment Discomfort: After each orthodontic adjustment, such as tightening wires or changing aligners, you may feel some soreness for a day or two. This is because your teeth are being guided to new positions.
  3. Mouth Sores: The brackets and wires can sometimes cause irritation to the cheeks, lips, or tongue. Using orthodontic wax can help alleviate this discomfort.
  4. Eating Challenges: Initially, you might find it slightly uncomfortable to eat certain foods, especially hard or crunchy ones. Stick to softer foods and gradually reintroduce harder items as you adjust.
  5. Dental Wax: Applying dental wax to any brackets or wires that are causing irritation can help prevent discomfort.

Remember, any discomfort you experience is temporary and is usually a sign that your braces are working to move your teeth into their desired positions. Over-the-counter pain relievers can help manage the soreness, and following your orthodontist’s instructions on oral hygiene and eating habits can minimize discomfort.

If you’re concerned about the level of pain or discomfort, don’t hesitate to discuss it with your orthodontist. They can provide tips and recommendations to help make your orthodontic journey as comfortable as possible.