Do Braces Hurt?

- June 1, 2024

Braces can cause some discomfort or soreness, especially in the initial stages or after adjustments. However, the level of pain experienced varies from person to person. It is important to note that any discomfort is usually temporary and can be managed. Before we go into the after braces are placed content, I do want to add that placing braces on your teeth is painless. Although the retractors used to hold the tongue and cheeks out of the way may be a little uncomfortable, the process of conditioning, rinsing, drying, and sealing a tooth is completely painless. The next step of placing your first wire is also painless.

Once you leave the office, the following events will occur that might induce a pain response:

  1. Initial discomfort: 12 hours after braces are place or after they have been adjusted, you may experience some soreness or discomfort as your teeth and mouth adjust to the new pressure. This discomfort typically subsides within a few days. During this time, the use of an anti-inflammatory such as Advil or Motrin comes in handy. Every patient pain response is different, so if you are not feeling anything that does not mean your braces are not working.
  2. Rough surfaces of the Braces: Your mouth is use to the smooth porcelain surfaces of your teeth. When we place the brackets on, you will instantly realize that your cheeks and lips are feeling some rough edges. This realization does become more evident in 12 hours. When this happens, we have provided you with wax or orthodontic relief wax. The wax that can be applied to the braces to reduce irritation and discomfort caused by brackets or wires rubbing against the inside of your mouth. You are essentially covering the rough surface till the thicker layer forms on your cheeks and lips.
  3. Soft food: Eating soft foods during the initial days after adjustments and bracket placement can help minimize discomfort. Additionally, maintaining good oral hygiene by brushing and flossing regularly can prevent any additional discomfort or complications.
  4. Communication with us: If you experience persistent or severe pain, it is important to communicate with Dr. Nizam via a phone call 403-457-7700 or a text 587-875-0830. We can provide guidance, make adjustments, or address any concerns you may have.

While braces may cause some discomfort, it is important to remember that they are a temporary inconvenience that can lead to long-term benefits for your oral health and smile. Your orthodontist will work with you to ensure your comfort throughout the treatment process.

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