For 3 to 5 days after getting braces, you may experience general soreness in your mouth, and your teeth may feel sensitive to biting. Stick to a soft diet until chewing feels normal.
The lips, cheeks, and tongue may become irritated for one to two weeks as they adjust to a new posture and the surface of the braces. We’ll show you how to place wax on your braces to minimize tenderness.
Rinsing your mouth with warm salt water can relieve irritated gums and sore spots: Dissolve one teaspoon of salt in eight ounces of warm water and rinse your mouth vigorously, then spit out.
If the tenderness is severe, take acetaminophen (Tylenol) or whatever you normally take for headache or similar pain. Try to avoid aspirin, ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil), and naproxen sodium (Naprosyn, Anaprox) because these medications actually slow tooth movement.