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Life with Braces

Adjusting to Your Orthodontics

As you get used to your orthodontic treatment, you may find yourself having to make a few adjustments, but it will become second nature before you know it.

 

Soreness

The first few days with braces can be accompanied by tenderness and soreness. This is normal, and it usually subsides within a week.

If you find yourself experiencing any discomfort, try swishing and gargling with warm salt water for a few minutes. You only need about a tablespoon of salt in a small glass of water. This will help soothe the irritated areas of your mouth. If this doesn't help, you can speak to us about over the counter pain relievers.

Your lips, cheeks, or tongue may feel irritated for the first week or two of having braces, but be reassured that this will subside as your mouth gets used to them. If needed, you can use dental wax to cover up spots on your braces that may be irritating or cutting into your cheek and gums.

Don’t forget how important it is to maintain excellent oral hygiene habits while undergoing orthodontic treatment. Thorough brushing and flossing keep bacteria at bay, which keeps your whole mouth healthier in the long run.