If there is one thing braces are notoriously known for, it is none other than the pain associated with the chunky metal wires and brackets. We’re not going to lie, braces in Hollywood can be uncomfortable to wear, but they don’t always hurt. Unfortunately, most people think that once the braces are on, they’re going to hurt from day one until your orthodontist takes them off – completely false! So, we’ll set the record straight and enlighten you about what to expect.
Applying the brackets and wires to your teeth will typically cause some pressure, and you will experience some discomfort for the next few hours. The discomfort is owed to your mouth adjusting to the rough metal brackets attached to your teeth.
It may also be quite challenging to chew food during the first few days. Therefore, we recommend sticking to a soft diet like yogurt, soups, smoothies, shakes, lasagna, and mashed potatoes.
This period may still feel uncomfortable for you since your teeth are gradually shifting, a sensation you haven’t experienced before. The alignment process can cause some pain, but don’t worry – it’s tolerable. If it bothers you, you can take over-the-counter painkillers like Advil or Motrin. Rinsing with a warm saline solution also helps with the soreness.
There are ways to help ease the discomfort. Besides, no one would be wearing braces if it were that painful. But, if you want to learn more, our doors are open.
At TLC Dental & Orthodontics, we offer affordable and customized dental services to help improve your smile and oral function. Our team has the skills and knowledge to boost your oral health. Call today for an appointment.