Orthodontic braces will inevitably cause some discomfort. For most patients, the worst pain occurs when they are first applied to the teeth and after regular tightenings and adjustments. Luckily there is plenty that you can do to minimize pain and continue your normal activities. 

Soft foods

Your orthodontist has probably told you many times that you should stick with soft foods after adjustments. This is advice that shouldn't be ignored. During this time your mouth is very sensitive and you will have a hard time chewing. Foods like yogurt, soups and apple sauce can be easily swallowed and won't put too much pressure on your teeth.


If your pain is caused by brackets and wires irritating the inside of your lips, put wax in those areas to keep them from getting raw. As your lips get used to the braces, they will toughen, and you will no longer need the wax eventually.

Prevent external causes of pain

Try not to engage in any activities that will cause you additional discomfort. Wear a mouth guard when playing sports, and avoid sleeping on your face, as it will push your lips and braces together.


If your orthodontist approves, it is fine to take over-the-counter pain relievers. They can reduce swelling, which is sometimes the underlying cause of the pain.

If you have questions about pain associated with braces or orthodontics in general, contact a New York City orthodontist. The staff at Upper Eastside Orthodontists are happy to assist you with any question that you may have.

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