When you have your braces fitted, it is normal to experience discomfort and to find the sensation of having braces in your mouth a little odd; however, after a few days, you will get used to your braces and it will become second nature.
What should I do if my braces are painful?
For the first couple of days, it is normal to find your braces a little uncomfortable and it may be advisable to take over the counter pain relief medication; your dentist will advise you what you can take and it’s important that you follow the dosage instructions carefully.
While you get used to your braces, it’s a good idea to stick to soft foods, which are easy to eat; try to avoid anything that is hard or involves a lot of chewing for the first few days. Examples of foods that are good to try during the first couple of days include omelettes and scrambled eggs, mashed potato and natural yoghurt.
Good oral hygiene is essential when you have braces, but to begin with, brushing can be a little uncomfortable and it may be advisable to give your teeth a very gentle brush and then use an oral rinse.
If you have any questions or you are worried about, don’t hesitate to contact your dentist. If you find that any pain you have is getting worse or you are struggling even after taking painkillers, contact your dentist for advice.