It’s a fact of life: having braces is a long process. And while the results of a straight, beautiful smile are more than worth the time you or your child has braces on, the experience of having them does not come without a little pain here and there. Braces irritation usually comes from the new feeling of brackets and wires coming in contact with the soft tissues of your lips, cheeks, and tongue, but this pain tapers off after a week or two. But sometimes, after a maintenance visit to the orthodontist, you experience that pain again. Why does this happen, and what can you do about it?