What to Expect

When you're wearing braces, your mouth can change a lot. But knowing what to expect when you first start your orthodontic treatment can help make the process go more smoothly.

General Soreness

When you first get your braces applied, you may feel soreness in your mouth, and your teeth may be tender to biting pressures for a few days. You may also experience soreness after your adjustment appointments. 

If you feel sore, it can be relieved by rinsing your mouth with a warm salt-water mouthwash. Dissolve one teaspoonful of salt in 8 ounces of warm water, and rinse your mouth vigorously.

If the tenderness is severe, take an aspirin, or whatever you would usually take for a headache or similar pain.

You may also find that your lips, cheeks and tongue become irritated for one to two weeks, as they become accustomed to the surface of the braces. You can put wax on braces to lessen this. We'll show you how!

Loosening of Teeth

You will likely experience loose teeth throughout treatment. But don't worry! It's quite common. Your teeth must loosen first so they can be moved, but they will become rigidly fixed again in their new - prescribed - positions.

After Adjustment Appointments

After your braces are adjusted, you can expect to feel some tightness, or even soreness, that lasts for approximately four to six hours after the adjustment procedure. This soreness is a result of the replacement wires tightening, moving the teeth into position. Over-the-counter pain relievers are suggested to help relieve this pain, which is the same as when your dental braces were initially placed.

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