Will the braces hurt?

The process of placing bands and brackets on the teeth does not hurt. However, once the braces are placed and connected with archwires, the patient is likely to feel some soreness on the teeth for up to a week. This soreness can normally be reduced by taking common non-prescription pain relievers that are used for headaches (for instance, Advil, Tylenol, and Aleve). Besides, it might take one or two weeks for the patient’s lips and cheeks to become used to the braces.

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