Wearing braces causes your mouth to go through a lot of changes. Knowing what to expect when you first start your orthodontic treatment can go a long way in making the process easier for you.
You may feel soreness in your mouth, and your teeth may be tender to biting pressures for a few days when your braces are first applied. You may also find that you're a bit sore after your adjustment appointments.
While your soreness fade over a few days, in the mean time it can be relieved by rinsing your mouth with a warm salt water rinse. Dissolve one teaspoonful of salt in 8 ounces of warm water, and rinse your mouth vigorously.
If the pain is more severe, take an aspirin or a similar over-the-counter pain reliever.
Your lips, cheeks and tongue also become irritated for one to two weeks as they become accustomed to the braces. You can put wax on braces braces to lessen this irritation. We'll show you how!
You will also likely experience loose teeth throughout treatment. But you shouldn't worry, this is normal. Your teeth must first loosen, so they can be moved, but they will become rigidly fixed again in their new - corrected - positions.
After you have your braces adjusted, you can expect to feel some tightness and tenderness, which will last for approximately four to six hours after the adjustment procedure. This soreness is a result of the replacement wires tightening and moving your teeth into position. We recommend over-the-counter pain relievers for this pain, which will feel similar to when your dental braces were initially placed.
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