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 your orthodontist places the braces on your teeth, you will have some discomfort and soreness afterwards. This discomfort can last for about a week but it is discomfort that’s tolerable. Many people say that it’s more annoying than painful to get used to having braces on their teeth.

The most discomfort you will feel on the first day you have braces put on will 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 your orthodontist gave you, or purchase some at your local pharmacy

• 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 juices

AcceleDent Can Help Reduce the Discomfort of Orthodontic Treatment

Not only can AcceleDent help you achieve your healthy, beautiful smile up to 50% faster, it also has an added benefit. AcceleDent is clinically proven to reduce the pain and discomfort associated with braces and aligners by up to 71%. All it takes is 20 minutes of daily use of AcceleDent along with your orthodontic treatment. To find an AcceleDent provider near you visit acceledent.com/doctor-locator/.