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Do Braces Hurt?

With over 20 years of experience in the dental field, Dr. Scott Evans is a general dentist who specializes in the areas of orthodontics, dentofacial orthopedics and restorative and cosmetic dentistry for patients living in Dallas and Garland and the surrounding communities in Texas.

Using the latest in up-to-date techniques and dental innovations, Dr. Evans and his staff are able to provide premium care through a variety of processes and procedures, including orthodontics, implants, cosmetic contouring, teeth whitening and root canals.

Getting Braces – What to Expect

One of the concerns that patients have about getting braces is the amount of discomfort that they’ll experience when they wear the straighteners. Placing braces on the teeth is not painful. Therefore, any anxieties in this regard are unfounded. However, that being said, you will experience a little bit of soreness after the archwire is affixed to the brackets. Nevertheless, the discomfort should subside after about a week. It usually takes about that long, as well, for your lips and cheeks to become acclimated to the brackets and wire. A silicone wax can be used to reduce irritation to the inside of the mouth and cheeks.

Getting Acclimated to the Braces

While it may take you longer to eat after the braces are put on your teeth, pain is usually not an issue. Generally, opting for softer foods, such as mashed potatoes, soups, or yogurt, will alleviate any chewing difficulties. Again, a bit of soreness may set in as the teeth begin to shift and the day progresses.

Any discomfort should lessen or improve after five days of wear. At that point, chewing will become easier, and you’ll be able to eat more solid foods. Just make sure that what you eat will not damage the appliances.

After an Adjustment

Regular appointments are required to make adjustments and change the colors (elastic) or metal ties for the braces. While some soreness and discomfort are expected after an adjustment, the sensations typically subside after a short amount of time. Any pain or discomfort can be treated with an over-the-counter pain medication, relief wax, salt water rinse, or by chewing sugar-free gum. The gum increases the circulation in the surrounding tissues, thereby relieving discomfort and promoting faster straightening.

Make an Appointment for a Consultation Today

Patients in Dallas and Garland and the surrounding communities in Texas can contact the offices of Scott Evans, DDS at 214-717-6297 to book an appointment for a consultation.

Written by Scott Evans, DDS February 28, 2013