Discomfort and Soreness
How Much Discomfort is Normal?
It is normal for teeth to be sore after braces are placed or adjusted for 2-3 days. You may also feel irritation on the cheeks, lips and tongue lasting for 1-2 weeks as they toughen and become accustomed to the braces rubbing against them.
Gargling with lukewarm salt water (1 teaspoon of salt to 8 ounces of water) can help with tender teeth. You can also try over the counter pain relievers such as ibuprofen and acetaminophen to relieve soreness. For irritation to the soft tissues in your mouth, we will supply you with wax to create a protective barrier on the outside of the braces. If you need some more wax, please let us know.
While a bit unsettling, it is also normal for teeth to begin to feel loose. In fact, this is reassurance that your braces are doing their job! They must first loosen your teeth to move them. Don’t worry, they will not always feel loose.
When to Call
If you feel a sharp pain or a sore begins to develop on your gums, cheeks or lips, please call us. If you suspect that you have a loose or broken band, brace or wire, please call us so that we can remedy the situation as soon as possible.