Do Braces Hurt?

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Worried that having braces will hurt? Our Whitehorse dentists tell you how to avoid pain during and after having braces.

Braces as a Cosmetic Dental Treatment

Orthodontic treatment (using braces or clear aligners) is a serious dental treatment that involves a significant investment of time and effort. Orthodontic treatment is necessary to correct a number of oral health disorders and conditions, including tooth and jaw misalignments.

However, treatment with braces can also have significant cosmetic benefits; specifically, a straighter, more symmetrical smile. People can use braces to correct minor misalignments that don't cause them any discomfort or inconvenience but do make them feel uncomfortable showing off their smile

If you are considering straightening your teeth for primarily cosmetic purposes, you may be wondering if the treatment is painful and whether it is worth it.

Does Having Braces Hurt?

One of the most common questions we get from patients who are about to get braces is, 'Do braces hurt?

Our honest answer is always that the application itself won’t hurt, though you may feel some mild pain or discomfort after we join the brackets with the orthodontic wire.

Many patients experience some soreness or discomfort for the first few days after their braces are installed, or when their brackets or wires are adjusted. Getting braces is a big change for your mouth, and your cheeks and lips may need a couple of weeks to get used to moving around them.

You’ll be relieved to know that the appliances and wires we use are modern, and designed to exert light, gradual, continuous pressure on your teeth so as not to cause undue pain.

What Can I do to Relieve Any Pain or Discomfort?

Here are some tips to help relieve any discomfort you may be feeling in those first few days after your braces are applied or adjusted:

Eat Soft Foods

You may want to stock up on softer foods to eat for after appointments and if your teeth are sore or sensitive after your braces are removed. Food like soups, yogurt, and mashed potatoes are recommended. Anything that will help you avoid having to bite or crunch down with sensitive teeth will be helpful.

Use Special Wax or Silicone

Your teeth and mouth are getting used to being realigned - and to having braces, elastic ties and archwires to contend with. Special relief wax or silicone can be applied over your braces to create a smooth surface and help relieve any irritation on your inner lips and cheeks.

Take Over-the-Counter Pain Medication

After your braces are removed for good or even after an adjustment, it’s not unusual to feel some soreness on your teeth or in your mouth. Some patients find over-the-counter pain medication such as ibuprofen helps relieve any soreness (just ensure you are not allergic to any medication you may take).

Drink Ice Water or Apply an Ice Pack

Cold temperatures can do wonders for braces pain relief. Reduce inflammation by applying an ice pack to the outside of your mouth. You can also drink a nice, cold glass of ice water to numb the area. Don't chew on the ice cubes it can bend/break the wire and require another visit to your orthodontist/dentist to fix the damage.

Though you may feel some discomfort in the days after braces are placed or adjusted, this should quickly fade.

Do you have questions about braces? Contact our Whitehorse dentists to book an appointment today. 


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