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You may feel some tenderness in your teeth and gums while you initially adjust to your new braces. However, you should not feel any pain, and you can take an over-the-counter analgesic (such as Tylenol or Ibuprofen) to alleviate any discomfort. If your braces bother your gums, you can also ask us for some special wax to cover the brackets.
The total time you wear braces will depend on your unique smile. Typically, braces are worn between 6 months and 30 months. You can have some control over how long your wear braces by being careful to follow all of Dr. Sebbahi’s instructions, such as avoiding foods that can damage brackets, brushing and flossing carefully, wearing a mouthguard during sports, and coming in for regular checkups.
For the most part, braces will not affect your lifestyle in any major way. You will still be able to play the same sports or instruments and enjoy the same activities – although you should get a custom-made mouthguard from us to ensure that your braces and smile don’t get damaged or injured. If you play a wind instrument, there will be a period of adjustment, but this should pass quickly. The most important change you will need to make is to avoid foods or drinks that may damage the brackets or increase the risk of tooth decay or gum disease. You can read more about foods and drinks to avoid, as well as how to brush and floss effectively with braces, on our Life With Braces page.