When teeth are first moved, discomfort may result. This usually lasts about 24 to 72 hours after an appointment. Patients report a lessening of pain as the treatment progresses. Pain medications can help relieve the discomfort; ask Dr. Batastini for his recommendation in your particular case. If the gums or cheeks become raw or irritated from rubbing against the brackets, we can provide wax to smooth things over until the tissue heals.