Do Braces and Orthodontic Appliances Hurt?

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​Do Braces and Orthodontic Appliances Hurt? 

One of the most commonly asked questions about getting braces is whether they cause any pain or discomfort.  Braces and the orthodontic appliances do not hurt at all when they are applied to the teeth, however there may be a mild soreness or discomfort for a few days after.

What to expect when getting braces or an orthodontic appliance

  • Placement day – The placement of braces or an orthodontic appliance on your teeth will not be painful.  It may take longer to eat meals at first, but this is only because it takes some time to adjust to wearing the appliance.  Hard, difficult to chew foods should be avoided in favor of a softer, more liquid-based diet for the first few days after getting braces or an orthodontic appliance.
  • Two days after placement – The first several days after placement of braces or an orthodontic appliance can be slightly uncomfortable.  The teeth are beginning the realignment process and are not used to the pressure of the appliance, archwire, and orthodontic elastic bands.  Dr. Day and his team will provide orthodontic relief wax for you to apply over the braces or appliance as necessary.  Wax helps provide a smooth surface and alleviates irritation on the inner cheeks and lips.
  • Five days after placement – After five days, any initial discomfort associated with the braces or appliance should be completely gone.  The teeth will have gradually acclimated to the braces, and eating should be much easier.  Certain hard foods may still pose a challenge, but normal eating may be resumed at this point.
  • Orthodontic appointments – Regular orthodontic appointments are necessary to allow Dr. Day to change the archwire, change the rubber or metal ties, and make adjustments to the braces and/or appliance.
  • Dealing with discomfort – Over-the-counter pain medication and orthodontic relief wax may help alleviate any mild soreness and discomfort following placement of braces and orthodontic appliances and adjustments.  Please review our suggestions for relieving discomfort in the "At-home Care for Orthodontic Soreness" section.

If you have any questions or concerns about orthodontic treatment, please feel free to contact our office at 517-393-8500.

Day Family Dental

Dr. Nathan Day, DMD • Dentist • Lansing, MI


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