Do braces hurt?
Putting braces on
or fitting them certainly does not hurt. No needles or sharp objects of
any kind are involved, and you donít have to go to sleep to have them
fitted! Removable braces simply clip onto the teeth; and fixed braces are
glued to the teeth. After braces have been fitted, there may be some
discomfort for a few days.
The level of this discomfort varies quite a bit from individual to
individual. In general, the teeth may feel a little sore, slightly loose,
and tender to biting pressure. Painkillers such the ones you would
normally take for headaches would take care of any soreness or discomfort
that may be experienced for the first few days.
Parts of the brace may rub on the lips, cheeks or tongue. There may also
be increased saliva flow, and a minor temporary effect on speech. This is
normal, and soon patients get used to wearing their brace and their speech
will go back to normal. Patients can be supplied with some orthodontic
wax. If any part of the brace is rubbing against the lips or cheeks, a
small piece of wax could be moulded over the troublesome component of the
brace to act as a cushion.
After those first few days of orthodontic treatment, braces become
comfortable to wear, and most of the time patients forget that they even
have them on their teeth. We use the latest miniature orthodontic braces,
advanced clinical techniques and state-of-the-art wire technology to
ensure that right from the start very light gentle forces are applied to
the teeth, thus minimising any discomfort.