Is it normal to feel sore after the braces are placed?

Posted On: November 15, 2016

YES! When you get your braces on, you may feel a general overall soreness in your mouth. It is very normal for your teeth to be tender for three to five days, but everyone is different. If the soreness is severe, you can take Tylenol (Acetaminophen) or Advil (Ibuprofen) as directed. Stronger pain meds are not necessary and most orthodontists do not have a license to write prescriptions for patients. The lips, cheeks, and tongue may also become irritated as they ‘toughen up’ and become accustomed to the surface of the braces. You can put wax on the braces to help with the rubbing or discomfort. Even sugarless gum will work in a pinch! It is also beneficial to eat a soft diet for the first few days after your braces are placed. (ex: soup, pasta, mashed potatoes, yogurt, smoothies, oatmeal, etc.). This will allow the glue to fully set up which prevents brackets from coming off, but also will help with your sore teeth. We understand that getting braces is a lifestyle adjustment for most people, but please know that it gets better. Be patient…it will all be worth it in the end. Until then, keep brushing, keep flossing, and keep smiling! -Luanne