Admit it: it doesn’t matter if you are young or old, male or female, if you have considered orthodontic treatment you’ve probably asked this question, or at least silently considered it. Of course, it’s a completely reasonable question; admittedly, braces are an invasive procedure. After all, they do move your teeth from one spot to another!So, if you’re one of the people wondering, the answer to the question “do braces hurt?” is…Not necessarily.There are many factors at play in determining whether your braces will “hurt”. For the most part, however, it is not a matter of pain as much as it is discomfort. And this discomfort can pale in comparison to the psychological stress caused from not having a smile you can be confident in.There may also be a difference in comfort between traditional braces and Invisalign which your orthodontist will explain in detail before you determine the best course of treatment for you. Regardless of the type of treatment you choose, any discomfort you might experience can be simply and effectively managed with a traditional over the counter medication like Tylenol or Advil.
May 15, 2014
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