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For the first 3-5 days after the initial placement of braces or following an adjustment, your teeth may be sore and tender. This can be relieved by rinsing your mouth with a warm salt water mouthwash. To create a salt water mouthwash, dissolve one teaspoonful of salt in 8 ounces of warm water, and rinse your mouth vigorously.

If the tenderness is intolerable, an over-the-counter pain reliever such as Advil or Tylenol may be helpful in alleviating this initial soreness.