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Do Braces Hurt? Expectations For When You Get Braces

One of the most commonly asked questions about braces is whether placing them causes any pain or discomfort.

Nowadays, the experience and comfort of the braces is quite different, many different options allow them to be comfortable, fun, and effective. 

In this blog, we will uncover some misconceived perceptions of getting braces. 

Disclaimer: One important factor to consider while going through this blog is that the discomfort and other issues you face when you get braces heavily rely on your own maintenance of your braces.

Every patient is different and as such has a different experience with braces. 

The process of getting the braces attached to your teeth does not hurt at all. so there is no reason to be anxious about your first appointment when your braces are placed.

The first few days after getting braces cause mild discomfort. When the wire around the brackets are engaged, it adjusts your teeth with the braces. Most patients experience some discomfort the first 4 days to a week after their braces; however, there are some tips and tricks to decrease this discomfort. 

After about a month, the discomfort subsides and your braces should feel comfortable. The next time you would feel discomfort is during your regular orthodontic appointments when they are tightened, but this discomfort is much less than the initial placement of the braces.

After a few hours, the gentle pressure of the braces on your teeth to pull them into alignment can cause discomfort which could last from anywhere from 4 days to about a week. 

Sometimes the brackets rub against the insides of your cheeks, which could cause some discomfort. The pain typically lessens in a few days. 

The fun part is you get to eat a lot of ice cream and drink a lot of cold beverages to relieve the pain!

There are a few things you should expect in the first week after the braces are placed, including:

  • Sore gums
  • Scrapes or soreness on the inside of the cheeks due to the friction caused by continuous rubbing against them
  • Potential for abrasions and cuts on tongue 
  • Soreness in teeth especially while eating

The first step is to seat you comfortably. Then the orthodontist will slip in a device that will keep your tongue in place and mouth dry. The teeth are then dried and brought to the condition to start bonding. The braces will be placed on the teeth with the help of an adhesive. After that, an arching wire will be placed through the brackets and the orthodontist will tighten them to hold the wire in place with the help of ligature bands.

  • replace the current wires
  • place or tighten springs
  • tighten bands on the braces causing pressure on the teeth

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