Adjusting to new braces can take some time. Most children acclimate well to the braces after a few days to a week. Soreness is to be expected for the first few days after placement and after routine orthodontic adjustment visits. During soreness, a soft diet can help alleviate pain along with use of over-the-counter pain medications, dosed appropriately by child age and weight. The cheeks and lips also undergo an adjustment period with braces. Great attention should be dedicated to oral hygiene while undergoing orthodontic treatment to minimize inflammation, swelling, and pain. Please do not delay in contacting our office if you are experiencing issues with your orthodontic appliances.