Are Braces Painful?

Is there any pain or discomfort associated with wearing braces? This is one of the most often-asked questions concerning braces. The truth is that there is no need to worry about the placement appointment because braces do not hurt when placed on the teeth. After the orthodontic wire is inserted into the freshly installed brackets, there may be some tightness or discomfort for a few days to a week. The first four to seven days after the placement of braces, expanders, and wires, as well as following a wire adjustment and activation appointment, are usually uncomfortable for most patients. One to two weeks may be needed for your lips and cheeks to adjust to the braces on your teeth. Modern, extremely gentle, continuous, and biologically sound forces are exerted by all of the wires and appliances we utilize, considerably reducing any soreness related to orthodontic treatment. However, some minor problems—rarely normal—are still to be expected. Everyone has slowly grown accustomed to the pain of tooth gathering and tooth extraction.

What to expect if you get braces?

  • Day of placement:
    There won’t be any discomfort at all during brace implantation. Meals may take longer to finish in the first few hours after the braces are put in, but this is mostly because it takes some time to learn how to chew with them. The teeth may occasionally feel more sensitive than usual. For the first few days following the insertion of braces, hard, difficult-to-chew meals should be avoided in favour of a softer, more liquid-based diet (shakes, soups, yogurt, mashed potatoes, mac & cheese, etc.). You can experience a little discomfort as the day progresses because the teeth start moving.
  • 1-2 days following placement:
    After braces are put on, the first few days can be a little unpleasant. This is because the teeth are just starting the realignment process and are not accustomed to the pressure of the archwire and elastic ties. As required, we will supply you with relief wax or silicone and show you how to apply it over the braces. The inner cheeks and lips are soothed and given a smooth surface thanks to wax and silicone.
  • After five days of placement:
    Any early brace-related soreness should be gone or significantly reduced after five to seven days. Eating should be significantly simpler because the teeth gradually adapt to the braces. The wearer may still struggle with some hard meals, but regular eating can now be resumed. Be sure to avoid any meals that are thought to be brace-breakers!

Orthodontic consultations

For archwire adjustments, metal or elastic ties surrounding the braces can be changed, the braces can be adjusted, and the orthodontic therapy can be tracked during routine appointments. The teeth are progressively moved into a new and proper alignment due to the use of braces. Thus moderate activations may be used during your routine checkups. You could feel a little uncomfortable for the first few days following an orthodontic adjustment or when you get a new wire but bear in mind that this discomfort will pass soon.

If you are looking for Orthodontic treatment in Calgary, visit London Square Dental. Call us at 403-291-4945 to book an appointment.

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