One of the most frequent questions we hear as specialist orthodontists is about braces and whether they hurt. Many patients are excited about all the benefits of teeth realignment treatment but are wary of the pain that may be associated with it.
Every situation (and set of teeth!) is different, of course, and we cant speak for everyone: but in the vast majority of cases the soreness will be far less than you might think.
Modern orthodontics are much more comfortable to wear than they have been in the past. Flexible arch wires have made a big difference to this. Removable retainers such as Invisalign or the six month smiles treatment programme also provide an excellent alternative here, especially as they should be removed at mealtimes and therefore completely eliminate any discomfort while eating.
Your teeth will undergo a significant transformation during the course of your realignment treatment and it’s unrealistic to expect it to be completely comfortable throughout. However, we would usually expect any discomfort to be limited to the periods just after the brace has been fitted and just after it has been tightened. After each of these occasions it generally takes a couple of days for you to get used to the ‘new normal’ and you may experience a bit of soreness during this time.
If you experience more prolonged or serious discomfort, it’s well worth getting in touch with your orthodontist. It may be that a wire or bracket has come loose, or that something has got stuck in your brace.