What To Expect When Getting Braces

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A common question people have about braces is “do they hurt?”. No, getting braces put on your teeth is a painless procedure. At York Orthodontics we like to ensure that you feel no discomfort while Dr. Mir works with correcting your smile.

Although getting braces put on your teeth will not cause you any pain, we would like to remind you that it will take some time for your mouth to adjust to braces. It is very common for your teeth and mouth to be sore afterwards. This means that your braces are already doing their job! Trouble speaking and eating is common, but will subside after approximately one week.

Here are some tips to help soothe the pain:

Over-the-counter pain medication is recommended to alleviate discomfort. Medication such as Motrin and Advil may be taken as directed.

Salt water remedies are also known to weaken the pain of braces. (Warm water combined with salt, rinsing multiple times a day)

While your mouth is getting used to braces, it is recommended to avoid hard and crunchy foods. Sticking to a liquid based diet for a few days can help you from experiencing further pain. Foods such as soup, yogourt, mashed potatoes, smoothies etc, will be easier to eat.

Wax will be provided to avoid any discomfort as well. Wax creates a smooth boundary to diminish irritation where the wire comes in contact with the cheeks and lips

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