Do Braces Hurt?

February 04, 2014
Do Braces Hurt?

No matter how old you are when you get your braces, one of the most common questions we hear from new patients is “do braces hurt?”.

Docbraces focuses on providing the most comfortable and effective treatment possible. As such, we offer braces solutions that gently and painlessly shift teeth into place, as opposed to the heavy forces sometimes applied by traditional braces.

While most patients do not experience pain, like anything new, the feeling of your braces may take some getting used to. It may take between a few days to a week before you become used to the feeling of your braces.

The experience of getting braces is slightly different for each patient—for example, some of us are bothered by things that others don’t even notice. If you’re wondering what it will feel like to get braces, here are some things to keep in mind:

Getting your braces on doesn’t hurt – honest.
There won’t be any pain when the Docbraces orthodontist puts your braces on. It’s not until later that evening or the next day that you may feel some pressure as your teeth start to respond to the braces.

An over-the-counter pain pill is all you’ll need.
Patients that experience any mild discomfort during the first few days of having braces find that an over-the-counter pain medication or an anti-inflammatory is often enough to alleviate it.

Make a braces comfort kit.
There are items that help ease the transition to having braces; for example, any minor irritation of the gums or mouth can be remedied with topical oral solutions, and many patients also find dental wax is an effective way to smooth any edges on wires or brackets they find uncomfortable. Make a braces comfort kit that includes these items, some over-the-counter pain medication as well as a toothbrush, toothpaste and floss for convenient care on the go.

Do not touch.
Try not to hit your teeth on hard surfaces such as cups or cutlery as your teeth will likely be more sensitive for a few days after getting braces. Avoid biting down too hard or eating crunchy foods for the first few days, and keep your hands away from your braces.

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