How should you manage soreness during orthodontic treatment?
Soreness during orthodontic treatment is completely normal and expected. This is due to your teeth moving into their new positions. You can take over-the-counter pain medication to help you manage this soreness. Tylenol (acetaminophen) should be tried first. If Tylenol does not work, you can try Advil or Motrin (ibuprofen). Soft foods also help a lot during the first few days after your adjustment appointments. Some good examples are soups, smoothies, milkshakes, mashed potatoes, oatmeal, purees, etc. Soreness usually lasts 2-3 days in children and up to a week in adults. After that, your soreness should dissipate.