Do Braces Hurt?

Many people would love to have straighter teeth but are afraid that braces will hurt. This guide will explain what causes braces pain, when it tends to occur, and how you can minimize discomfort.

Receiving Braces

The initial consultation is completely painless. Your dentist will check your teeth, taking X-rays and making impressions.

The fitting also involves no discomfort, although it can be a lengthy process, taking an hour or two. Your dentist will first clean your teeth and then apply glue. Finally, he or she will attach the brackets and secure them with elastic bands.

When You May Experience Pain

Braces pain on the first day tends to be the most intense. Your teeth and gums may be sore and need to become accustomed to the pressure of the brackets. You should also be prepared for some discomfort every time your dentist makes adjustments to your braces. In addition, it is normal to randomly experience pain at any time — this is no cause for concern.

Some patients worry about feeling pain when the dentist remove their braces. However, this is actually one of the least uncomfortable experiences. Your dentist will use a special tool to clip away your brackets and then will clean way any remaining cement.

How to Reduce Discomfort

Your dentist will recommend a diet of soft foods for the first few days after you receive braces. Make sure to follow this advice to prevent strain on your teeth. You should also avoid beverages high in acid, like orange juice.

Another way to reduce discomfort is to take an over-the-counter analgesic. You can also apply orthodontic wax to your braces where they rub against your mouth. If you do suffer from mouth sores, avoid touching them with your finger or tongue. Instead, rinse your mouth with salt water or use an oral analgesic.