When you first get your braces, you may notice your teeth and mouth feel a little tender or sore. This is perfectly normal, and we promise it won’t last forever! To alleviate the pain, we recommend dissolving one teaspoon of salt in eight ounces of lukewarm water. Swish and gargle this solution in your mouth for a couple minutes and do not swallow the saltwater.
If the pain worsens and remains after saltwater rinsing, you can also try taking a pain reliever. Your lips, cheeks, and tongue may also become irritated for one to two weeks as they toughen and become used to the braces. We can give you some wax to put over the braces to lessen the tenderness.