For some people achieving a healthy smile requires the use of orthodontic braces. While braces are most commonly associated with kids they can also be worn by adults to correct orthodontic issues. Living with braces requires some lifestyle adjustments including changes to diet and oral health care. Your mouth may be tender and sore for a few days after getting braces put on but the soreness generally subsides within a short period of time. While you are getting used to braces you may experience irritated cheeks, lips, and tongue. Warm salt water rinses are good for helping with the irritation. It is also important to brush and floss regularly when wearing braces to get rid of any bacteria, in addition to using wax which is normally provided by your dentist.