What To Expect After Getting Braces Tightened

What To Expect After Getting Braces Tightened from Brookside Orthodontics in Stockton, CABraces are the traditional way to achieve a straight, picture-perfect smile. They gradually shift the teeth into proper alignment over one to three years. To achieve this, patients need to get their braces tightened periodically. This process can cause some discomfort, but there are ways to make the adjustment period more comfortable. It can help to know what to expect during and after the process.

Getting your braces tightened

After getting braces, the orthodontist will periodically tighten the wire connecting the brackets (archwire) to properly align the teeth. Getting braces tightened may also mean bending the archwire or replacing it with a stronger one. The point is to ensure the wire and brackets exert enough pressure to shift the teeth.

Most patients need to get their braces tightened every four to six weeks. Since renewed pressure will be put on the teeth, tightening one’s braces can cause discomfort for a few days. As treatment progresses, it may only be uncomfortable for a day or two each time.

Side effects to expect after getting braces tightened

Patients tend to describe a mild aching soreness after having their braces tightened. They often report tender gums, soreness when moving their jaw, and teeth sensitivity while eating. Keep in mind that getting braces tightened feels different for everyone. Some people experience minimal or no discomfort. Fortunately, there are ways to manage discomfort should it arise.

Tips for managing discomfort

Although the discomfort should only last a day or so after getting braces tightened, that does not mean patients have to suffer through this adjustment period. Here are some tips to reduce discomfort from tightened braces:

Opt for soft foods

Since the teeth, gums, and jaw will likely be sensitive, it can help to opt for soft foods over hard foods. Soup, stew, smoothies, and mashed potatoes are great options. Try to avoid hard or crunchy foods that require a lot of chewing, such as granola, tough meat, and sandwiches on crunchy or toasted bread.

Ice the area

If the inner cheeks or gums become inflamed, lightly place an ice pack on the mouth for relief. Another good way to ice the area is to eat cold foods, such as ice cream, or drink cold beverages. The cold should also create a natural numbing effect.

Stimulate blood flow in the gums

Although it sounds counterproductive, stimulating blood flow to the gums will reduce inflammation. It may hurt at first, but try biting down on a bite wafer. Massaging the gums with a cotton swab can also achieve this.

Over-the-counter pain medication

If all else fails, try over-the-counter (OTC) pain medication. Ibuprofen and acetaminophen are household staples for most. Make sure to use any medication as directed by the label or a healthcare professional.

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Get more information

Getting braces tightened is part of the teeth-straightening process. After a few times getting your braces tightened, you will likely become accustomed to the experience and know how to weather the adjustment period. Contact our Stockton office to learn more about what to expect.

Request an appointment or call Brookside Orthodontics at 209-732-1124 for an appointment in our Stockton office.

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