Do Braces Hurt?

Do Braces Hurt?
Posted on 02/26/2018
At Lunsford Orthodontics, one of the most common questions that we get from patients who are about to start their journey to a new smile is, “Do braces hurt?” To put things simply, there is typically a bit of discomfort, but never more than you can handle. Braces work by applying a small amount of targeted pressure against your teeth in order to move them into their new positioning, and what if feels like is just that; pressure against your teeth. The pressure is typically so minor that you may not even notice it, but there are certain stages of the process that there is some discomfort.

The First Few Days With Your Braces

You just got your braces and are on the way to a brand new smile, but now you have metal brackets on each tooth and a wire that connects them, all of which were never there before. Brand new braces take some time for your body and mind to get used to, and often times you’ll find you have the urge to brush over the brackets with your tongue because you’re exploring this new appliance on your teeth. At the same time, it’s during the first few days that the small amount of pressure on your teeth is going to be the most noticeable, and probably cause you some discomfort, since it’s also still brand new to you. After those few days, the discomfort will fade and you’ll start to notice your braces less as you adjust.

Offices Visits For Adjustments

While you’re wearing your braces, you’ll need to come into our office for a visit with your orthodontist for a quick adjustment or tightening. These office visits allow your orthodontist to make sure that your teeth are staying on the right track, moving toward their ideal positioning so you can have the perfect smile. At the same time, your braces may be tightened during the appointment, to ensure that they are still applying enough pressure to your teeth to move them effectively. Often times, there is a minor amount of discomfort immediately after your braces get tightened, but unlike when you first got them. The discomfort can go away in either a couple of hours or a few days.

Ways To Reduce Discomfort

Even though the amount of discomfort during orthodontic treatment with braces is minor, no one wants to be in any kind of pain if it can be avoided. There are two mains methods for reducing soreness or discomfort caused by braces. First, you can take an over-the-counter pain reliever medication, which should be more than enough to relieve the pain. Second, you can mix together a simple salt water solution and rinse out your mouth. The salt water will help reduce any swelling that you may have when the braces are first put on or tightened, as well as alleviates soreness for a brief time.

Contact Us With Your Braces Questions!

If you’re wondering if braces are right for you, or have any other concerns about get started with braces, just contact us at Lunsford McCaffrey Orthodontics to speak with a member of our orthodontic staff. We’ll answer your questions, provide you with all of the information you need, and get you set up for an appointment so you can achieve your new, radiant smile! Our local orthodontic office is located right in West Palm Beach, FL, so the path to a healthier smile is never far away from home. We look forward to meeting you, and welcoming you to the Lunsford McCaffrey Orthodontics family!