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Teeth Irritation and Braces

Irritation in your teeth or mouth is something everyone will deal with at some point. Whether it’s a severe issue like a cavity or you have a simple canker sore, it’s not something anyone wants to experience.

Mouth pains can affect how you eat, talk, and even smile. They leave you gritting your teeth in frustration (which isn’t really good for your teeth).

When people hear that braces can cause mouth irritation, they get a little concerned. Does that mean your mouth will be sore for the year or two that you have braces? The good news is, no.

In fact, pain caused by braces is often greatly exaggerated. That said, you may experience some discomfort the first week or two you have your braces on.

Here are a few tips to manage the situation while your mouth adjusts.


No, we don’t mean you should eat frosting when your teeth hurt. If your mouth feels swollen and sore, grab an ice pack and hold it against your face for a bit. This will help with the discomfort and reduce swelling. Additionally, sipping on a cold beverage or smoothie can help.

Watch What You Eat

What you eat can have a big impact on how your mouth feels, whether you have braces or not. Acidic foods can make agitation worse, as can overly salty foods. Try to avoid both for the first week or two that you have braces.

Crunchy and “sharp” foods like chips and cereal can cause problems too. Your orthodontist should provide you with a list of foods you should avoid while you have braces.

Be Patient and Forward Thinking

It’s important to remember that braces are a long-term solution. They take a little time to do their job, but once they’re off, you’ll be able to enjoy the benefits for the rest of your life. If you’re feeling frustrated with agitation, just remember why you got braces and what life will be like once they’re off.

And don’t forgot, your mouth will adjust. Soon, you’ll forget the braces are even there.

If the discomfort continues, you may want to have that looked at because….

Your Braces Might Not be the Cause

Discomfort caused by braces tends to be more in the lips and gums than the teeth themselves. And like we said, it fades relatively quickly. If you’re teeth are feeling extra sensitive or the discomfort lasts longer than a few weeks, it might not just be because of the braces.

Try switching to a softer toothbrush and using toothpaste and mouthwash for sensitive teeth.

If the irritation turns to outright pain and/or feels like it’s coming from inside of your tooth, you may have a cavity.

Don’t Let the Fear of Irritation Keep You from Your Best Smile

Anyone who has had braces knows that the results from having braces are worth the journey. If you’re ready to correct alignment issues and achieve the best smile you’ve ever had, don’t wait. For your Lakeville and Prior Lake orthodontics needs, Cosmo Ortho is here.

Contact us today!