Managing General Discomfort
Initially, when you begin with braces or when you get new wires placed, it is common to feel some general discomfort with your teeth, cheeks, tongue, and lips. Your mouth may feel achy, you may get headaches, and/or you may feel discomfort when biting down on anything hard.
Typically, these symptoms can last between 3 – 5 days. Using an analgesic (over-the-counter pain reliever) as recommended, following a soft diet and frequent use of warm salt water or hydrogen peroxide rinses can help to relieve your discomfort through this time.