The decision to get braces is a healthy and rewarding one. While results often far exceed patients’ expectations, there are some side effects that patients will ultimately have to experience in the process. Below, we’ll take a look at some of the common side effects of braces so that you can be better prepared for your braces treatment.
Discomfort & Irritation
Discomfort and irritation are common parts of the braces process. When braces are put on, you can expect some soreness and pain in the teeth and throughout the jaw. For most patients, these effects only last a few days, but may return when the braces are tightened and readjusted. Over-the-counter pain relievers like ibuprofen can be helpful in relieving this pain. You may also find that the braces poke or otherwise irritate the inside of the mouth. The mouth will eventually get used to this, but in the meantime, you can apply wax to any part of the braces that repeatedly irritates the mouth. If a wire breaks, causes bleeding, or repeatedly pokes you, tell your orthodontist so that it can be corrected.
Due to the soreness of the teeth and jaw, patients commonly experience difficulty eating after the tightening or initial application of braces. This will improve over time, but it is helpful to prepare by having soft foods available. The less chewing required, the better!
Unusual Side Effects
While the side effects above are common during a braces treatment, there are some less common side effects that you should be aware of. If you experience any of the following, you should inform your orthodontist as soon as possible.
- Tooth Decay – Often a result of poor dental hygiene, tooth decay will require extensive attention to treat while keeping your braces treatment on-schedule.
- Allergic Reactions – Some materials involved in braces treatments, such as the rubber bands, can cause an allergic reaction in the mouth. If you experience one, inform your orthodontist so you can find a healthier alternative.
- Relapsed Teeth – While not a direct side effect, the relapsing of teeth occurs when your teeth move back to a poorly aligned position after the removal of braces. In severe cases, it may be necessary to repeat a braces treatment. Take care of your new smile by wearing your retainers as directed!
If you have any questions about what you can expect from a braces treatment, contact us today to speak to one of our orthodontists or to learn more.