Every orthodontic patient will experience a period of adjustment when his or her appliances are initially placed. The first few days of wearing braces are typically the most challenging. During this time you may feel a general soreness in your mouth and your teeth may be tender to biting pressure for a few days. 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 accustomed to the presence of the appliances. It is important that you keep in mind that these sensations will pass.
To help you cope with this initial short-term discomfort our office will recommend a number of remedies and tips. These techniques can also be utilized during any brief “achy” episodes that may follow future adjustment visits. If you are wearing conventional braces, a supply of orthodontic wax and instructions as to how to apply it to a wire or a brace that has become irritating will be provided.