The initial period after having braces fitted is often the most challenging for some patients as there is a lot for the patient to get used to. Both your mouth and tongue are not used to having braces on your teeth and you may find that some pain relief is in order. Sticky and hard foods may cause your braces to come off your teeth and you may take longer to clean your teeth. All these things contribute to the challenge in getting used to your new braces, but the good news is that this period will soon pass! Here are some ways you can relieve the discomfort.
The fact is, the introduction of braces to the usually smooth face of a tooth is a huge shock to the tongue and the buccal mucosa of your mouth. What was once smooth is now relatively rough and it takes a while for the tongue and buccal mucosa to get used to the non-smooth surface it now interacts with. Sore spots are a rite of passage in orthodontic treatment and the good news is that it will not persist to the same degree as treatment progresses because your tongue, cheek and gums will get used to the braces and wire. However, every time your tooth moves, the brace and wire may interact with your buccal mucosa and tongue in a slightly different angle and may cause a sore spot to develop.