What Causes Braces Pain And What Can You Do About It?

Anyone who has braces knows that it’s not all fun and games.  The process of getting your teeth nice and straight comes with the discomfort of having braces.  There are a few reasons why braces hurt such as getting ulcers from the brackets and wires, and also the pain of your teeth shifting into their new positions.  I’m sure you’ve been told that it will all be worth it in the end, which it will be.  But in the meantime, what can you do about braces pain?

New Braces Pain?

Getting braces for the first time and choosing a color is very exciting.  But that initial excitement can soon fade when your braces start to hurt.  The mouth is a very sensitive part of the body and even the smallest of changes can be very uncomfortable.  So it’s no wonder having all these new brackets and wires in your mouth can hurt.

Person with braces painThe pain can come from your cheeks and lips rubbing against your braces or can be from your teeth moving.  This discomfort is a sign that your teeth have started to shift and realign.  The pain is caused from your teeth moving in your jaws to their new position.

It can take a few weeks to get used to your new braces and for them to become less noticeable and painful.  It can take time to learn how to talk and eat with your new braces.  You may need to avoid hard foods for the first few days until the pain has lessened.  It may be easier for you to stick to a soft diet for a while.  Eating soft foods such as pasta, yoghurt, soup and mashed potatoes can help until the pain has eased.

What To Take For Braces Pain And What Else To Do About The Discomfort

Over the counter pain medication can help alleviate some of the pain following an orthodontic appointment.  Usually whatever you normally take for a headache can help with braces pain.  Rinsing with warm salt water can help heal any wounds on yours gums, lips or cheeks.  Rinsing three times a day should also help you to heal up better.  Your orthodontist may have given you some wax for your braces.  Use this on any areas which are irritating you until it has healed.  Wax can also be purchased from pharmacies.

In summary, these are the things you can do about braces pain:

  • Take over the counter pain medication, such as ibuprofen or paracetamol
  • Apply wax to the areas which are irritating
  • Rinse with warm salt water three times a day
  • Eat a soft diet, especially if your braces are new or you’ve just had an adjustment.
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Comments

  1. First Impression Orthodontics says:

    Pain is probably the most common initial complaint with braces… especially children. Nice article about the subject.

    • So braces hurt more in kids?!?!?! That’s so unfair!

      • I know right I’ve never gotten them but all my friends say that it sucks

        • I just got mine on yesterday and so far it has sucked majorly!!! Also like some of the comments people have posted my teeth are sensitive and hurt like absolute HELL!!!!! I didn’t sleep at all last night. I am also going to add that my little sisters keep wrestling which leads to them hitting me in the mouth which probably doesn’t help either….I have also been taking Advil and Ibuprofen but that has by no means helped if somebody would like to email me saying what you take I will consider trying it!

        • Well I just got my braces today it’s not that bad. It’s just kinda taste bad (glue). Yeah its fine for about 4 to 5 hours then you kinda get sore. It’s not that bad really. There’s lot of maintenance to the braces otherwise they are worth it because you get beautiful straight teeth.

      • Kaitlin-Leigh Carswell says:

        I am 12 years old and I got my braces yesterday, it rags like hell!! I’ve taken medication and it’s not working. I can’t eat with these on cause it’s difficult and I’m very fussy when it comes to food! I don’t think this is fair, there should be an age limit for braces, possibly 18+ cause I’m the only person in my family that has had braces and they say it will be ok but they have no idea what so ever what pain Im Going through! This is disgraceful, I’ve got to have mine on for 2 years and that is bad for a kid!!

    • The teeth move into place within your gums thus causing pain in the position of the braces to deal with this pain Tylenol or such will be required (Dont overdose) Also another home remedy is To drink ice cold water which will numb the gums and dismember the numbness temporarily. (Disclaimer: Educational purposes only) For more info and help contact your Orthodontist

  2. Pamela Waterman (@BracesFriendly) says:

    Rinsing with salt water is terrific – when I had adult braces, I did it at least five times a day the first couple of weeks. Another trick is to drink something very cold, like a smoothie. The metal of the archwire is actually responsive to the warmth of your mouth; eating something cold temporarily slows down its movement and eases the pain. Thanks for posting these tips.

  3. I thought getting braces was so exciting when I was told I had to get them but after a hour or so they were put on they hurt! They feel so tight and the cut your mouth! They look cool but they don’t feel cool I got mine June 3 and they still bug me

  4. Anmoljot says:

    Just got braces yesterday im dieing ahh they hurt like hell ahh i hate them what can i di cause they dont irrate my mouth or lips they just hurt alottt like when i bite or talk or open my mouth i take pain killers but nothing happened i couldnt sleep what should i doo im dieing help please

    • Tell me about it. Its my third day of having braces on and i have cuts all over. The matter of fact my wisdom tooth came bulging out on the surface and its making me sick. FML

    • Zoey Isa says:

      Couldn’t sleep either, the pain is horrible, I did not expect this from braces. I got my braces August 4th, 2015, and they didn’t stop hurting through the night and into the day.

    • Hey just got my braces taken off..I’m so glad..now that my braces r off tho my teeth r hurting cuz now they don’t have like wires and retainers can hurt really bad

  5. I have to get braces on Wednesday either the 21 or 22 of August and I am freakin out so thank you for the article and the eatin cold stuff

  6. I need to get either braces or invisaligns. could you please tell me which I should get and why. Please respond ASAP

    • If you can, go for Invisalign. The frequency that you get the new trays for your teeth to move is more frequent than adjustments for fixed orthodontics, which hurt quite a lot when you get them adjusted. I’ve got fixed orthodontics which got adjusted yesterday and they hurt SO MUCH – I got no sleep last night, haven’t eaten anything but soup and porridge and they still haven’t got any less painful. They also cause ulcers in your mouth.

      However, Invisalign are quite expensive (as you probably know) and aren’t suitable for all types of treatment. But if I were you and if I had the choice, go for Invisalign!

  7. I haven’t got my braces yet but I am getting them on the 1st of october, I am very scared but this seems like a good website to get some tips :) hope it all goes well for everyone!

  8. Braces are a disaster, I feel Im being locked in a prison cell, I cant talk properly, I get tired of talking, which makes you a less talker, its hand cufs but only they are on your teeth, the first couple of weeks I was about to loose it, but after all of that I think it worths, because having one year of hurt will give you more than fifty years of great looking teeth.

  9. When I first got my braces put on they did hurt but not too much, I didn’t take any painkiller and toughed it out, I didn’t see why everyone was making such a big deal. Now my teeth hurt SOO bad I just got them tightened yesterday and the wire is on all my teeth not just 16. And I have a power wire on my left side which they had to tighten multiple times because it wasn’t secure. I also feel like there are needles under my teeth and my teeth are really sensitive but since I got my braces on its hard to even drink water, like when I got home yesterday I drank some water and it hurt.. My teeth are really sensitive can I do anything?

  10. Hello i have just got braces yesterday and i havent slept a wink or really had any relief from the pain i have just read a few articles on pain with braces and pain releif from braces they have all said pretty much the same but the comments on this are very helpful also so i would just like to say thankyou x

  11. I’m planning on putting em on tomorrow… I wonder if I can just drink my soup with a straw…

  12. Braces can be uncomfortable when you first have them applied, but don’t fret. Discuss techniques to prevent pain with your orthodontist for the best advice. Handle your braces with care. Your oral health is important … don’t forget that!

  13. Just got my braces friday, it’s kind of hurt me so bad :( ! I just want to take them off ! I know the pain is gonna stop soon or later but just thinking that this process is gonna last a year, make me so sick ! Hope days & weeks will go fast !!

    • Just take a painkiller that makes you drowsy and see if that helps. I know my mine hurt too. But I’ll wear off. Good luck!

  14. Braces hurt so bad and the power chain hurts even more when I go to the nurse at school for brace pain she gives me Orajel It makes your mouth numb so you can feel any pain it really works for me.

  15. braces hurt so bad especially when the orthodontist uses power chain to close the gap. it makes your teeth feel sore and i cant eat solid food for a few days after the adjustment.

  16. I got my braces yesterday and last night I slept cause there was no pain but then I woke up with morning.. Dayum my teeth were so sensitive it’s so horrible HELp me.p I feel like just ripping it off MY TEETH ARE SO SENSITIVE I have too have fricken elatics too which make my teeth ache even more!!!!

  17. Witie Anne says:

    I just had my braces last September 30. I’m on my 1st month now. My teeth feel so tender and sore especially the crooked ones but I know that it’s worth it. No pain no gain.

  18. Hi everyone,
    Just wanted to say that I got my braces 2 days ago it freaking hurts especially the wires at the back of my braces as it rips my cheek s skin which is horrible however wax helps alot and I just want to get beautiful teeth at the end so the journey is worth it…

  19. Im getting my braces on wensday and im kinda excited..but it totaly freak me out when i read all the comments above

  20. I got mine on Feb 3rd and they hurt at first and i was so excited cause I hated my twisted tooth. After awhile they hurt worse. Its now Mar 9th my teeth dont hurt and its easier to eat. The only problem is when just one tooth hurts cause its aligning with the other teeth.

  21. I just got my top braces done my teeth is sore today

  22. Hello, I just got braces today and also my premolars also known as canine were extracted and I was on laughing gas and the shots were somewhat painful and braces are pretty painful. Not only pain, but pressure. I just feel discomfort when I ear soup and even when I talk. Hopefully I have them on for a year, then after that comes those retainers. ~ XOXO

  23. Hi
    I got my braces and they hurt like hell
    I can’t eat or talk or laugh
    The wires poke at ur cheeks and you get horrible ulcers that are horrible I wish I didn’t get them
    Xx

    • me too! I wish I didn’t get them. They ulcers hurt way too much. I can handle everything else but the ulcers pain and the sensitivity in all my teeth super annoying! 2 years mannn :'(

    • Make an appointment with your orthodontist to eithe bend the wire in the back up or have them cut the excess wore that’s poking your check, and causing the ulcer. Also to stop this from happening to your mouth again when you go to the dentist push the back of your mouth to the back tooth on both sides lacking sure the wire isn’t poking. If it is then have them clip it or just bend it. It helps a lot.

  24. Christine says:

    Hi!
    I just got my braces yesterday. at first I was excited because of the colors. but then, after an hour it hurts me a LOT like Im dying because of pain and I want to take them off. Braces is SO PAINFUL. I cant deal with it what should I do?!? I cant even chew my food. its weird, my teeth are moving . they said it will just take a week to fade the pain. how I wish so.

  25. I just had mine tightened yesterday and I have to say it didn’t hurt as much as my first 2 weeks having braces. This did help me with the current pain but it will be worth it. Plastic spacers were the most painful part because it pushed my teeth back into a sideways wisdom tooth!! It’s so painful but it does get better which is great

  26. I’ve had my braces on since August 2014 and from the moment I wake up till the time I go to sleep they are bothering me. I am trying to figure out how to deal with the discomfort. I tell myself it will be better when they’re off October 1st 2015. Almost a hundred days left. I can’t take it anymore though. I’ve tried everything. I can’t wait for them to come off. It is like having your teeth in jail. It is a horrifying experience.

  27. Victoria says:

    I wish I did not get braces for the 2 time the first time did not hurt, but the 2 time boy am I hurting , my teeth hurt my mouth hurts, and they are killing my lips/gums! ughhh!!!

  28. Darlene says:

    Hi,
    I got my braces yesterday and they are hurting SOOO much.
    They cut my mouth and it’s impossible to talk which is painful for me because I talk A LOT.
    I took some panadol but it didnt help relive the pain. I tried swishing salt water and rubbing on the wax but nothing is helping.
    Is there any way I can relieve my braces pain?
    Thanks xx

  29. Stefanie says:

    I’ve had mine for a couple months. Although the first week was unbearable for the top part. The bottom, i had to wait an extra two months before getting the bottom. Due to my crooked teeth. The bottom is a lot more painful because i understand they are aligning. But it’s so bad that im unable to sleep. I didnt have this problem with the top. But im gonna try warm salt water. Just the bruising on the bottom an the soreness is whwhat’s keeping me up. Tge Tylenol isnt helping.

  30. I’ve had braces for 10 months and I just got my top wire changed and they hurt so bad. They usually stop hurting after about a week but I still struggle eating hard foods (apples, carrots etc.) I JUST WANT THE PAIN TO GO AWAY IT HURTS SO BAD

  31. i hate my braces I’ve got them yesterday and was not even able to eat properly and it was total strange to sing and very tough to even close my mouth properly

  32. For me, it just gets worse because I’ve got to deal with the pain of the power chains and rubber bands….:(….. :(((((

  33. I just got my top braces done.. And it hurts.. A lot.. Each teeth hurts and feels like about to fall apart.. Eating is so difficult.. While eating, it pains even more.. I am about to get extractions too.. I am scared.. And all thid pain and torture will last for more than a year.. Hope the time will pass soon..

  34. I just got my brace july 10 20015
    i was so excited to get my braces that day there was no pain my aunt the dentist did a good job but after I got home and try to eat something that’s when I felt the pain I had a little sleep that night woke up more pain I just took some pain meds to help with the pain even when I brush my teeth it hurts I saw some of the remedies on this page I’m going to try them to see what that help but at the meantime like they say I will have a better smile in the long run I think my phone to be on for like 3 years I hope this is worth the wait thank you

  35. I have had braces for almost two years now, so nothing really hurts me when I go to my appointments but today I had to get another power chain on my lower teeth, I already had one on the top. And let me tell you, boy do my teeth hurt. At first it was nothing but now it is just undeniable pain. I try not to think about it but I can’t just seem to forget the pain it is causing. I’m just glad I’m almost done and won’t have to deal with this anymore

  36. I got my braces yesterday night, no sore teeth till I slept, since morning, I feel like a metal frame shrinking my teeth in, almost unbearable pain, drinking cold water helps, try not to talk too much for initial days, hope this info helps.

  37. Hello, I got braces put in yesterday and having to hear that after a while the Orthodontists tighten them makes me worry more. If you need help then try pain reducers or warm salt and water rinse.

  38. what cause braces hook to hurt?because my braces hook begin to hurt me.

  39. Jasmin Osornio says:

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    Hi guys, my teeth hurt A LOT and can barely talk, laugh, or eat. I just got my braces today anyways, so, yeah! (July 30 2015) .My teeth on top and on the bottom hurt. I like this website be cause it gave am a lot of tips on what to do when my teeth hurt and I learned a lot!!! I know how you guys with your braces knows how it feels for your teeth to hurt. So yeah guys I hope you have learn about braces and how it feels a bit more. BYEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 😀 :) <3

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