Do Braces Hurt?

It is common to have slight discomfort when you first get your braces put on, and sometimes a day or two after receiving any adjustments. Other than that, you should not experience any pain and if you do please let us know and we will fix it for you.

What is it like to have braces?

Getting orthodontic treatment younger is always better because your teeth are naturally moving a lot as it is. There may be some discomfort after adjustments and it may not be the latest fashion trend but after a while you barely notice that they’re there.

Will braces cause sores in my mouth

When you initially have your braces put on there will be some mild discomfort as well as after adjustments. If for some reason, sores do form in your mouth, rinse with warm salt water and they will heal quickly.

Can I do anything else to reduce the pain?

If there is pain from a bracket or wire, we always suggest using wax to prevent any irritation until you can come in to the office to get it fixed. Other pain caused by soreness from adjustments, Dr. Ketcherside suggests using over-the-counter pain relievers such as Tylenol, Advil, or Ibuprofen.

 

Can I still play sports if I have braces?

Of course! You can still do anything you did before braces. Be sure that when playing any sport to wear a mouth-guard and try not to get hit in the face. However, if you play a contact sport such as boxing, karate, wrestling, etc. we suggest avoiding those just to prevent risk of injury.

Will my ability to play a musical instrument be affected by my braces?

If you are playing any instrument such as woodwinds or brass instruments, you will need to most like wear lip protectors. Your music teachers might also have great suggestions!

Are there restrictions on what I can and cannot eat with braces?

Avoid sticky, chewy and hard foods that can break your braces. Never chew ice or on pens or pencils. Avoid sugary gums, caramels, taffy, hard candies, etc. No popcorn, corn nuts, corn chips, hard shell tacos, tortilla chips, beef jerky, nuts, etc. Be sure to cut up raw apples and carrots. Cut the corn off of the cob, no hard bread, rolls, or cookies, and limit carbonated soft drinks.