Do braces hurt? You’ll be glad to know that the actual process of getting braces put on doesn’t hurt, but your teeth and gums will probably be a little sore or irritated afterwards. If anything, you’ll probably feel more annoyed than in pain.

Do Braces Hurt For Anyone? Adults? Children?

Whether you’re a child or an adult, getting braces is a big step! It’s not unusual for patients to need a week or two to really get used to them. But your mouth and your teeth are strong and resilient, and they’ll easily adjust to the new hardware you’re wearing.

Of course, there are some things you can do to help ease this awkward transition stage. Dr. Odhner will give you orthodontic wax that you can squish between your fingers and place on the brackets to help prevent them from rubbing on your lips or gums and causing irritation.

It’s also a good idea to eat some soft foods during the first few days. Things like macaroni and cheese, mashed potatoes, scrambled eggs, applesauce or pudding are a few good bets.

You may also help relieve the pain by taking an over-the-counter pain reliever like aspirin or ibuprofen — just don’t exceed the dosage on the bottle.

If your braces are causing considerable irritation of your tongue, lips or gums and creating sore spots, resist the urge to touch them with your tongue or fingers, as this can make the problem worse. You can try swishing out your mouth with a cup of water and half a teaspoon of salt or using an oral analgesic like Orajel to numb the irritation.

Of course, if you’re experiencing anything strange beyond the initial adjustment period or if something breaks, please give us a call so that we can make things better for you!