Braces are perfect for helping you to achieve a happier, healthier and straighter smile! But one of the most commonly asked questions by patients considering teeth straightening orthodontic treatment is whether or not they will experience any pain or discomfort?
Like all cosmetic dentistry procedures, some orthodontic patients will experience an element of pain and discomfort when they have their dental braces fitted, but it’s nothing that can’t be managed with over-the-counter painkillers such as Paracetamol, Ibuprofen, and even salt and water rinses!
The pain generally only lasts a week or so, but it’s nothing to worry about. Your lips and cheeks may take a little longer to adjust to your new braces.
Of course, everyone is different and not everyone undergoing teeth straightening will experience pain and discomfort. We’ve created a helpful guide outlining what you can expect during treatment – we hope it puts your mind at rest!
The day that your braces are placed into our mouth
Although you may experience difficulty eating on the day that your braces are fitted, placing the braces is generally not painful! You might feel a small amount of discomfort throughout the day as your teeth begin to move, but it’s nothing that will cause you too much discomfort.
It will however, take a little time to get used to chewing and eating, and in some cases your teeth may feel more sensitive than usual. As a general rule, when you first get your braces fitted, you should steer clear of hard foods that may be difficult to chew and instead, opt for softer foods such as shakes, soups, mashed potato and yogurt. Oh, and it’s the perfect excuse for ice-cream too!
Teeth staightening discomfort – 2/3 days after your braces have been placed
In the days after your initial fitting, you may start to experience a little more discomfort. This is because your teeth will be in the midst of the realignment process, and of course, they will be slowly getting used to the pressure of the brace on your teeth.
But don’t let this put you off as the pain and discomfort is easy to manage. Wax/silicone is a great solution when it comes to easing discomfort and alleviating irritation on the inner cheeks.
Additionally, there are also a number of over the counter medications, which are just as effective such as Paracetamol and Ibuprofen
Five days after placement
By now, any pain or discomfort that you experienced in the early stages of your braces being fitted should have gone entirely or at least improved dramatically.
This is because after 5 days or so, your teeth should have acclimatised and you will be pleased to hear that eating should also be a lot easier too!
Make sure that you attend your Orthodontic appointments
After any orthodontic treatment, it’s important that you attend all of your orthodontic follow up appointments.
This will not only allow your dentist to check for any issues that could effect the results of your treatment, it will also allow them to rectify any areas of concern quickly.
Monitoring the orthodontic treatment process is very important, and your dentist will also need to make archwire changes and changes to the elastic or metal ties around your braces. Your brace may also need to be adjusted as your teeth move into place.
Dealing with discomfort during teeth straightening
You’ll be pleased to hear that the majority of pain and discomfort associated with orthodontic treatments is super easy to manage effectively.
Whether you use other the counter painkillers or old fashioned remedies such as rinsing your mouth with salt-water, there are lots of ways that you can relieve discomfort.