Do Braces Hurt?

If you’re about to get braces, you may wonder what it’s going to feel like with appliances on your teeth and you may even be worried that your braces will hurt. Below is a quick guide that can answer your questions and help you feel as comfortable as possible on your first day with braces on your teeth.

You Can Expect Soreness on the First Day You Wear Braces

While you won’t feel any pain while Dr. Morra places the braces on your teeth, you will most likely have some discomfort and soreness afterwards. This discomfort can last for around 3-7 days but it is discomfort that’s tolerable for most. Many people say that it’s more annoying than painful to get used to having braces on their teeth. Some patients may need Tylenol or Advil every four hours or less as needed.

The most discomfort you will feel will begin the first night you have braces put on and will also occur when you’re eating. This is why you should only eat soft foods for the first few days as your teeth and the tissues surrounding them adjust to the pressure being placed on your teeth. Good food choices to make include dishes like:

• Mashed or boiled potatoes

• Scrambled eggs

• Soft breads

• Soft cheeses

• Smoothies

• Applesauce

• Yogurt

Dealing with Sore Spots

Sometimes when first getting braces, patients complain of sore spots on the inside of their cheeks where the brackets and wires are causing irritation. If you develop any sore areas, follow these steps:

• Use the orthodontic wax Dr. Morra gave you

• Take a bit of the wax, warm it in your fingers and form a small ball

• Then place the wax over the wire or bracket that’s causing the irritation

• Avoid drinking beverages containing high levels of irritating acid like fruit juice

• Rinse with warm salt water to help heal the sore irritated spots

Give us a call at the office if you have any concerns about your current treatment…..or to begin your treatment and we look forward to having you as a patient when you are ready to start your braces journey!