In order for a tooth to move, it must loosen up in the bone. This is absolutely normal for everyone. Don't worry, because after the treatment is finished, your teeth will tighten up in the bone again. That’s what retainers are for.
Braces don’t hurt, but your teeth will probably be sore for the first 2-4 days after your teeth first start to move. For some people, this soreness can last up to a week. After a regular wire adjustment appointment, the teeth may be sore again. This only lasts for a few hours. If your teeth are sore, it is best to eat softer foods. You can take a pain reliever like Advil or Tylenol if you wish.
Most times, the lips, cheeks, and tongue will get used to your braces without you even knowing it. However, should any of these areas become irritated, you can use the soft clear wax that was given to you in your start-up kit. Simply place the wax right over the face of the brace. In a very short time, your lips, cheeks, or tongue will toughen up and you won't need to use the wax any more. Of course, our office has lots of extra wax if you need it.