Simply put, you can’t achieve a straighter smile without some level of discomfort. Teeth straightening gradually moves your teeth into a straighter position, which makes them temporarily more sensitive. As you wear your braces or aligners more, you’ll get used to them and they’ll feel more comfortable.
With fixed braces, the inside of your cheeks or your tongue may become a little sore for a week or so after you have your braces fitted and every time you have them adjusted. With aligners, your teeth may ache when you first start wearing them and each time you have a new set.
Over-the-counter painkillers, such as paracetamol or ibuprofen, will help to ease any initial discomfort. You can also attach orthodontic wax to any areas of your brace that start to rub, which you can get from your orthodontist.
If you need advice or support, your practice team will be there for you throughout your journey.