Braces 102 – What to Expect Your First Few Days in Braces

Braces 102 – What to expect your first few days in braces

When it comes to getting braces, we find that misconceptions or broad advice can often plague our patients and create unnecessary fear. We’re here to help alleviate those ideas and provide our best advice for managing braces during your first few weeks.

Will it hurt?

We get this question all the time: “Will braces hurt?”. Unfortunately, our answer is yes. There will be slight discomfort or soreness once you get braces but it’s nothing that can not be managed with over-the-counter medicine.

Braces continue to progress in terms of application, which means the advancements create a more pleasing experience today than it did in years past.

What can I eat?

The adhesive used to attach the braces will begin to dry the first few days after getting them. It will take a full 24 hours for your braces to fully set. After that, your diet is open to a range of your favorites and only a few slight moderations. Check out our infographic on what to eat with braces for more information.

Sometimes, we notice patients have trouble getting used to their braces. When that happens, we recommend sticking with soft foods until they feel more comfortable.

Anything else to expect?

Patients may develop sores around their lips and gums as their mouth becomes accustomed to the roughness of the braces. We recommend a solution of weakened warm salt water to help ease the irritation. Try rinsing your mouth a few times a day until the irritation and discomfort goes away.

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