November 1, 2017
Everyone hears different stories from their friends and family members about how their teeth felt the day after getting their braces on. I used to have braces so I can tell you how my experience was and how my teeth felt afterwards. The next day after I got my braces, my teeth felt quite numb and uncomfortable. It was difficult for me to eat foods, let alone talk with them. I made sure that I ate very soft foods like soups, mash potatoes, and lots of milkshakes as I was told by my orthodontist. I’m quite sure everyone will agree, we need more excuses to drink nice cold milkshakes. In fact, milkshakes did help my teeth feel better.
The numbing sensation on the teeth is very normal because once you get your braces tied to the wire, teeth start moving right away. However, the good news is that you get used to it within 2-3 days. Soreness actually means your teeth are moving. Same type of muscle soreness you feel after playing sports. So if you do have some uncomfortable and numbing sensation on the teeth afterward you get your braces, no worries—it is completely normal. Just go grab yourself a milkshake and you’ll be just fine!