Does Getting Braces Hurt

Does Getting Braces Hurt?
Posted on 11/15/2018

Does Getting Braces Hurt?At Laredo Orthodontics, we're proud to help patients of all ages throughout Cotulla, Zapata, and Laredo, TX achieve beautiful new smiles through orthodontic treatment. But in addition to providing treatments like braces and Invisalign, we strive to be a comprehensive resource for information on every part of the orthodontic process. One of the most common questions we get from patients is whether or not orthodontic treatment is painful. So let's answer this once and for all!

Is Orthodontic Treatment Painful?

Generally speaking, braces don't "hurt" – but the majority of patients do feel some discomfort or soreness at the beginning of treatment. The actual procedure of placing braces on the teeth is painless, but once the archwire goes in and the last elastic tie is attached, many patients begin to feel discomfort within the next few hours. This discomfort occurs because the pressure on the teeth is greatest at the very beginning of treatment or after moving up to a higher-gauge archwire. With this unusually high level of pressure, it's common for the nerves in the gums and teeth to respond with a sensation of soreness.

That said, any discomfort caused by braces is normally mild and temporary. While soreness can last up to a week, it usually fades within a day or two, and there's plenty you can do to manage the discomfort. Warm salt water rinses, cold packs, or over-the-counter pain relievers are all effective ways to mitigate discomfort until your teeth adjust to your braces.

In rare cases, it's possible for patients to feel significant pain, for discomfort to last longer than normal, or for pain to get worse over time. These are all issues that something is seriously wrong and warrants immediate attention. So while some temporary discomfort is normal, if you feel much more than that, you should call your Cotulla orthodontist for an emergency appointment!

Contact Your Laredo Orthodontists Today!

All in all, braces and other orthodontic treatments like Invisalign are a relatively pain-free way to achieve a new smile. If you have more questions about what to expect during orthodontic treatment, we'd be happy to answer them. Reach out to us at our contact page for more information on orthodontic treatment, and if you'd like to start treatment for yourself, simply request an appointment using our easy online form. We're excited to hear from you, and we look forward to helping you achieve your dream smile comfortably and conveniently!