When braces are first fitted, it is normal to experience discomfort for up to a week. Initially the teeth are sensitive to pressure and chewing, but gradually the sensitivity will disappear. Most people can easily tolerate this initial discomfort. However, should you wish to be more comfortable, you may take analgesics (pain killers) on the day you get your braces fitted, then continue for another 3 to 4 days. The analgesics should be something that you would normally take for a headache and please follow the instructions on the package for the correct dosage.
To avoid aggravating the tenderness of your teeth, we also recommend eating very soft foods that do not require chewing for the first 4-5 days, such as soup, smoothies, mashed potatoes, yoghurt, scrambled eggs, porridge, etc. You can also ask our helpful staff about the braces friendly cook book.
You will also find the braces rubbing onto your gums and cheeks. You can reduce the irritation by rinsing your mouth for 15-20 seconds with salt water (1 teaspoon of salt in a cup of warm water) as often as you like. We will also provide you with special orthodontic wax to cover any parts of your braces which feel rough and uncomfortable. Don’t forget to pat dry the braces first so the wax will stick better.