October is National Orthodontic Month, so we are answering the questions we hear from patients.
A question that we hear every single day from our patients at Glander Rochford Orthodontics?
Do braces hurt?
While a simple question, the answer is a little more complex and has a few answers.
The process of actually getting the braces will not hurt at all. The brackets are put on each tooth with a special type of Orthodontic glue that keeps them attached to the teeth. After all of the brackets are on the teeth, a very light wire is placed in the brackets and secured with a colored elastic tie. (you get to pick the colors!)
As the teeth start to move, which can happen as soon as the day your braces are put on, the patient may notice some discomfort or soreness. Kind of like a sore muscle after a hard workout or trying a new type of activity. This is a normal part of moving the teeth and can be alleviated by taking whatever you or the patient would normally take for a headache, or other minor aches.
Another source of discomfort in those first few days of having braces can come from the brackets rubbing against the cheeks. Your mouth has something brand new inside it, and needs a little adjustment period. All of our patients go home with some wax to put on any bracket that may cause any discomfort. As the cheeks get used to the braces, the sore spots will begin to go away. The time it takes for your mouth to get used to the braces is different for every person.
Your Experience is Our Top Priority
It is very important to us that our patients have an enjoyable experience while they are in treatment at Glander Rochford Orthodontics. While there will be some parts of the process that are less fun than others, the end result of a smile you can show the world with confidence is more than worth it!
Please let us know if you are having any issues with your braces above and beyond what was described here and we will be happy to help you out.
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