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 will feel sore. This feeling is kinda how your muscles may feel after a really tough workout, especially if you haven’t worked out in a while.
Here are a few tips for getting dealing with this temporary soreness.
For the first few days after getting your braces on, try sticking to softer foods. Try eating more soups, eggs, applesauce and pastas.
Take some acetaminophen or ibuprofen – the same amount you would normally take for a headache. Try chewing some sugarfree gum. Often this will help get the blood flowing around your teeth and relieves the pressure.
When people first get braces, sometimes it can also take a few days for the lips and cheeks to get used to having something new rubbing against them. Some people get used to this faster than others. But if something is really bothering someone’s lip or cheek, they can use wax to help “round out” or soften whatever is irritating the soft tissue.
If you do get a mouth sore from your braces, don’t touch them. The more you touch them, the more they will hurt!
Stay away from acidic drinks like lemonade and tomato juice. The acids in these drinks will often sting.
Sometimes you can get a mouth sore from biting the inside of your mouth while you are getting use to your braces. These sores typically heal fast so cheer up – you will get used to your braces.
Treat painful mouth sores with Anbesol or Orajel. This will numb the area and provide temporary relief.
Try rinsing your mouth with a weak and warm saltwater solution. This can ease irritation and speed the healing process.
Cheer up! Things will 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 they get used to having their braces on.
What are the pros and cons of Braces?
- Predictable: less dependent upon patient cooperation, since the brackets and wires are always in and always working.
- Good at even difficult tooth movements – for example, retrieving impacted teeth (teeth that are stuck in the gums/bone and are not erupting properly on their own).
- Do not affect speech as much as Invisalign.
- Can be customized with bracket shapes and color ties to accessorize outfits and allow expression of personality.
- Cost effective – in most cases traditional metal brackets are the most economical way to achieve a great outcome.
- Each adjustment can be a bit more uncomfortable/cause more soreness than each aligner change with Invisalign.
- This soreness generally only lasts a few days.
- Lips and cheeks typically need a bit more time to adjust to brackets and wires than they do to aligners.
- Patients must modify or avoid hard/very sticky or chewy foods that can break brackets and bend wires.
- Patients must learn new techniques for brushing and flossing to clean around and between brackets and wires.