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How much & how long do braces hurt?

Two of the most commonly asked questions we get about braces are how much they hurt on a scale of 1-10 and when do the braces stop hurting. Our orthodontists at Village Orthodontics will answer these questions and will provide you with tips to alleviate any discomfort during your treatment. 

Do braces hurt?

Braces can cause some discomfort when they are first placed as the teeth and gums adjust to the pressure. However, any pain or soreness is usually temporary and can be managed with over-the-counter pain relievers or wax. 

The level of pain experienced with braces can vary from person to person. While some individuals may experience mild soreness or discomfort after the initial placement or adjustments, others may find it more painful.

Why do braces hurt?

Braces can cause discomfort and soreness because they apply pressure to the teeth and jaw. This pressure is necessary to gradually shift the teeth into their desired positions, but it can result in temporary pain or discomfort. Additionally, braces may cause irritation or sores in the mouth due to the brackets and wires rubbing against the soft tissues.

Does getting braces hurt?

The actual placement of braces should not be painful. In the first few hours after the braces are placed, it may take longer to eat meals, but this is largely because it takes some time to adjust to wearing the braces and to learn to chew with them. 

Hard, difficult-to-chew foods should be avoided in favour of a softer, more liquid-based diet for the first few days after placement.

How long do braces hurt for?

Generally speaking, people may experience soreness or sensitivity for a few days to a week after getting braces or having adjustments made. However, this discomfort gradually diminishes as the mouth adjusts to the braces. 

How much do braces hurt?

It is normal to experience some discomfort and pain when getting braces. This pain can vary from person to person, but it is typically described as a dull ache or soreness in the teeth and gums. 

Again, it is important to note that this pain is temporary and usually subsides within a few days or weeks as the mouth adjusts to the braces. 

How to Stop Pain from Braces

There are several ways to alleviate pain caused by braces. First, you can try rinsing your mouth with warm saltwater to reduce inflammation and soreness. Additionally, applying a cold compress or ice pack to the outside of your mouth can help numb the area and provide temporary relief. 

If the pain persists, you should consult your orthodontist for further guidance and potential adjustments to your braces. They may also be able to prescribe you pain relievers or dental wax to help with the discomfort.

Don't let braces pain hold you back. Contact one of our orthodontists at Village Orthodontics if you’re feeling overwhelmed by pain caused by your braces. We have seven practices across Southern Ontario to better serve you.

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