Your orthodontist will advise you on what you should or shouldn’t eat when your braces are first fitted, and some foods - like very crunchy foods or sticky items like toffees - are best avoided altogether. Some orthodontic treatments, such as clear aligners, should be removed when eating and won’t cause any issues during mealtimes.
If you have questions or worries about how braces will affect your lifestyle - from food to sport and daily activities - be sure to talk to your orthodontist or dental hygienist. They’ve got plenty of tips and advice to clear up any doubts.
Thankfully, the levels of discomfort tend to be very mild, pass quickly and can be counteracted with normal over-the-counter painkillers. As anyone who has straightened their smile will tell you, the results are absolutely worth the minor discomfort, and any issues can be raised with your orthodontist who may be able to make adjustments to help.