Pain and Soreness

How Much Pain is Normal?

Your teeth may be slightly sore after braces are placed or adjusted. You may also feel some irritation on the cheeks, lips and tongue during the first week as you become accustomed to the braces.

Pain Relief

Gargling with lukewarm salt water (1 tsp. salt to 8oz of water) can help with tender teeth. You can also try over the counter pain relievers such as ibuprofen and acetaminophen to relieve soreness. For irritation to the soft tissues in your mouth, we can supply you with wax to create a protective barrier on the outside of the braces.

Loose Teeth

While a bit unsettling, it is also normal for teeth to begin to feel loose. In fact, this is reassurance that your braces are doing their job! They must first loosen your teeth to move them. Don’t worry, they will not always feel loose.

Sports Mouth Guards

If you play sports, we can provide you with a special mouth guard to wear for protection during play.

When to Call

If you feel a sharp pain or a sore begins to develop on your gums, cheeks or lips, please call us. If you suspect that you have a loose or broken band, brace or wire, please call us so that we can remedy the situation as soon as possible.