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Nine Side Effects Effects of Braces

Our mouths and jaw and tooth position change dramatically over treatment. You may notice things in your mouth have moved or when you close your mouth your teeth sit differently. This is all normal in the quest for a straight smile. You need not worry about most changes as it is par for the course. In this post, we’ll show you the side effects of braces and what they mean. Let’s get going.

Difficulty Eating

Chewing food and eating can be difficult after tightening. Luckily, a braces-friendly diet is available to help manage this side effect for healthier mouth health. 

Great tips include adding soft foods like yogurt or applesauce into your diet when you have difficulty chewing solid foods. These are delicious options that will also keep teeth healthy from the inside out. 


If you’re not used to wearing braces, the feeling of mild discomfort is normal. Some people experience issues with their teeth or a headache when they wear them for long periods of time because it can shift your jaw and move some muscles around. 

If this does happen, pain relievers like acetaminophen and ibuprofen are good options that should help alleviate any tension or headaches most people get while wearing braces over the course of time. 

You might want to let your dentist know if those pains become worse so we can start looking into what’s going on before things escalate further. 


It can take a while for your lips to adjust to the right position when wearing braces, and they might feel irritated sometimes. Fortunately, plenty of products exist that will help reduce irritation; orthodontic wax is one of them. 

Wax over an entire section or single bracket in an area bothering you and enjoy immediate relief if there’s any sharp wire poking out or causing bleeding around your mouth. If it doesn’t seem like anything is tearing up inside once everything starts feeling better again after using these tricks, go back on track with daily hygiene routines as usual. 

Jaw Pain

Jaw pain is a common side effect of braces that can be managed with over-the-counter medications. Jaw pain may reoccur after every tightening, too.

Lesser-Known Effects

Above are examples of common effects and issues of braces. Now let’s delve into the more uncommon effects.

Tooth Decay

Poor dental hygiene can lead to tooth decay, which is especially common when it comes to people with braces. It’s very important for all patients who wear braces to scrub their teeth twice a day and floss at least once daily if they want them protected from the bacteria in plaque that causes cavities. 

You might have already noticed some signs of early-stage decay such as spots on your enamel or unusual sensitivity after eating sweets. These are warning signals. If you do notice any of this, don’t hesitate. See a dentist immediately so we can treat it before things get worse.

Root Resorption

When a person has braces on, they might experience shortening of roots. It’s not something that causes any changes in long-term oral health. It may just be the root tip diminishes slightly or could even be more than half with no problems at all. 

Root resorption is caused by wearing their braces for too many years and our office takes consistent x-rays to see if this happens so we can take care of you.


Several things can happen to teeth after they have been straightened with braces. One of these is relapse or the movement back into their original position. This often happens if patients don’t wear their retainers regularly and take care not to disturb them too much when eating. 

Be sure that you keep up your end by wearing your retainer every day so as not to lose all the time and money spent on a beautiful smile. 


Sometimes people experience an allergic reaction to the elastic, which is made of latex rubber or metal. If you have known allergies and are coming for treatment at our office we will use alternative elastics that don’t contain these materials.

Contact us for a FREE Consultation

Now that you know the effects of braces, you can confidently get treatment without worrying about their effect on your life. If you would like to find out more about how to take care of your teeth while wearing braces, set up an appointment with Dr. Childers at one of the three convenient Childers Orthodontics locations. Call us at 618-438-2815 or fill out our online contact form to get in touch with us today. 


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