What to Expect After Getting Braces
If you're getting braces soon, you may want to know if braces hurt. When braces are first put on, there should be minimal pain. Once the teeth start to realign in the first three days after the application, you may experience some discomfort. Don't worry — this discomfort is typically short-lived as you get used to the pressure of the braces.
Your orthodontist may recommend taking an over-the-counter pain medication as needed to manage the discomfort. If these medications don't reduce your pain, talk to your orthodontist about other options. Eating soft foods, such as soups, smoothies, yogurt and pudding, may also help you manage if you're feeling sore.
New braces may rub uncomfortably against the inside of the mouth. While you're getting used to the sensation of having braces, your orthodontist may recommend applying dental wax to the brackets to cover any sharp surfaces.
Getting braces can be a nerve-wracking and exciting experience. Knowing what to expect during the process may help you feel more confident about your decision to get braces. For more information about braces and the application process, don't hesitate to ask your dentist or orthodontist.