Many people have a list of concerns when it comes to braces. One main question on the top of the list is: How much pain will I be in?

What if we told you the path to a straighter smile doesn’t hurt as much as you think it does? Besides, any amount of pain you may feel during your orthodontic treatment will be worth it in the end.

How long does the process take?

For most orthodontic options, the process will take around one to two hours.

How long will my teeth hurt?

The process itself won’t hurt your teeth at all, but your mouth will be sore afterward. We typically see our patients having some discomfort for at least one week after treatment.

How long will it take to get used to braces?

Most patients are used to their braces in about one month. After six months, many patients are so used to their braces, they are performing their oral care routine in their sleep!

What are some tips to help deal with the pain?

  1. For the first few days, stick to soft food. For example, soup, mashed potatoes, yogurt, milkshakes, etc.

  2. If needed, use pain relievers like Acetaminophen or Ibuprofen.

  3. Use orthodontic wax to avoid mouth sores. Apply the wax on the brackets of your braces.

  4. Rinse your mouth with warm salt water several times a day.