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Next to no one is born with perfect teeth. For many people, the only way to get a sturdy and healthy smile is to undergo corrective procedures like braces. Recently on this blog, we started to talk about what to anticipate at follow-up appointments, and why they are necessary to the alignment process.

One of the things that we mentioned is the tendency for patients to feel some tenderness or soreness after their braces are adjusted. This feeling – which usually lasts anywhere between a few hours and a few days – can be a slight ache or a mild pressure in your gums, caused by the teeth being aligned into new positions. This discomfort, however, shouldn't last too long.

A primary cause for feeling a stiffness or soreness in the mouth after these follow-up appointments is that the orthodontist may have switched them to a stiffer arch wire, which can be uncomfortable until the mouth gets used to the additional pressure. The rubber bands that are meant to help position the upper and lower jaws into the right place can also cause discomfort at first.

An easy way to deal with this type of mouth pain is to eat soft foods, rest and use ice packs and taking pain relievers like Tylenol or Ibuprofen.

These adjustments are made until the teeth rest exactly where your orthodontist wants them, and where they will look best for the long term. Usually this whole process takes anywhere from one to three years.

To learn more about the braces process, and how to best prepare for your adult braces, follow along with this blog. For the best orthodontic care, schedule an appointment with our professionals at Upper Eastside Orthodontists today!

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