Braces, the Science Behind Them and How to Get Adjusted
How do braces work?
Do braces hurt?
It is only after the teeth start to move (usually a few hours after braces are placed), that they feel sore. This feeling is similar to how your muscles feel after a hard workout, especially if you haven’t worked out in a while.
How to Deal with the Temporary Soreness of Braces
However, you can deal with the temporary soreness with these simple tips:
- For the first few days after braces are on, stick to softer foods. Try eating more soups, eggs, applesauce, and pasta.
- Take some acetaminophen or ibuprofen — the same amount you normally take for a headache.
- Also, chew sugar-free gum. Often this helps get the blood flowing around your teeth and relieves pressure.
- Frequently, when people first get braces, it takes a few days for the lips and cheeks to get used to having something new rubbing against them. Some people adjust faster than others. But if something is really bothering your lip or cheek, use wax to help round out or soften sharp edges or points that irritate soft tissue.
- If you do get a mouth sore from your braces, don’t touch them. The more you touch, the more it hurts.
- Stay away from acidic drinks such as lemonade or tomato juice. These acidic beverages sting.
- Sometimes you get sore from biting the inside of your mouth while adjusting to your braces. Cheer up, these sores typically heal fast. Before long, you adjust to your braces in Shawnee, Norman, Moore, or the Oklahoma City area.
- Treat painful mouth sores with Anbesol or Orajel. This numbs the area and provides temporary relief.
- Rinse your mouth with a weak warm saltwater solution. This eases irritation and speeds the healing process.
Be assured, things get better. The soreness means that your teeth are moving which is exactly what we want to happen. The inside of your mouth will toughen up and stop getting irritated by the braces. Most people are only sore for a few days before adjusting to new braces.
What are the pros and cons of Braces?
The Pros of Braces
- Braces are predictable. They are less dependent on the patient’s cooperation since the brackets and wires are always in and always working.
- Wires are good at making even difficult tooth movements. For example, braces help to retrieve impacted teeth (teeth that are stuck in the gums/bone and are not erupting properly on their own).
- Wearing braces has less of an effect on speech patterns as Invisalign.
- Braces are customizable with bracket shapes and color ties to accessorize outfits and allow expression of personality.
- Plus, braces are cost-effective. In most cases, traditional metal brackets are the most economical way to achieve a great outcome.
The Cons of Braces
- Each adjustment is a bit more uncomfortable and causes more soreness than each aligner change with Invisalign.
- Lips and cheeks require more time to adjust to brackets and wires than to aligners.
- Diet modifications are necessary to avoid hard, sticky, or chewy foods that break brackets and bend wires.
- New techniques for brushing and flossing are required to clean around and between brackets and wires.