Getting Accustomed to Braces
Every orthodontic patient will experience a period of adjustment when his or her appliances are initially placed. During this time, you may notice that your teeth and mouth feel a little tender or sore. Depending on the type of braces you have been given, it may also take a week or two for the lips, cheek, and tongue to get accustom to the presence of the appliances. This is perfectly normal, and it is important that you keep in mind that these sensations will pass.
To relieve the soreness, we recommend cold water rinses for just a couple of minutes, since our thermal wires will become very flexible in the presence of cold temperatures allowing immediate patient comfort. You may also try taking an over the counter pain reliever (Tylenol) as needed.
If you are wearing conventional braces, a supply of orthodontic wax and instructions as to how to apply it to the wire or bracket (should they become irritating) will be provided.
If your teeth begin feeling a little loose, don't worry; this is normal! Your braces must first loosen your teeth to move them into the right position. Once your teeth have been repositioned, they will no longer be loose.