Do Braces Hurt?

Posted on December 15, 2014

What to expect after you get your braces on…

When you have braces placed or have recently have had them adjusted, the first few days can be sore. Because your teeth are shifting and trying to get used to the new pressure, it’s can be uncomfortable when you eat! The pain is a lot like a bruise…it really only hurts when you touch it.  Unfortunately, every time you eat or bite together it’s like touching that bruise.

There are a few things that can help out during this time. Try to avoid foods that are tough to eat. Sticking with foods that you really don’ t have to chew for the first few days is best.  Think soft and mushy!  Foods such as mashed potatoes, soups, smoothies, rice, pastas, and steamed veggies are great examples. Though some orthodontists still do not “allow” patients to chew gum, sugar-free gum can actually reduce the pain of braces!  We recommend this option to all of our patients.

Taking an over the counter pain reliever is a great idea too.  Using Tylenol and Advil will work best, but we recommend for patients to use what normally works better for them when treating a headache.  Hang in there….remember that this is all going to be worth it and that you are going to have an amazing smile that you are proud of!!!       -Andrea

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