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How much do braces hurt?

If you've ever thought about getting braces, one of the first questions that probably popped into your mind was: How much would it hurt?

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Without a doubt and without fail, that question is always on patients’ minds. So, let’s look at what you can expect and how to deal with any potential soreness or discomfort that may come along.

The actual placement of braces and appliances shouldn't hurt. Now, you've probably been to the dentist, and know it’s not always comfortable having him work in your mouth. At the orthodontist, you’re mouth will be open with some cotton rolls in it, which may be a little uncomfortable but shouldn't be painful. We don’t work with needles or drills. Rest assured, we shy away from anything that will hurt during the procedure.

However, after getting the braces, you may experience some soreness and discomfort. Your lips will feel the little bumps on your teeth and your cheeks will get beat up a bit, too. This is all normal. Usually the adjustment period is five to seven days for the lips and cheeks to toughen up and get used to the braces. We recommend balling up a little piece of wax and placing it on the individual braces poking you. This often alleviates the pain. We have a video on our website to show you how to use the wax:

Note: You can also experience tooth soreness in the evening and into the next morning. This may be the biggest hurdle.

Typically, tooth soreness lasts longer after the first appointment than it will for any other appointment. Three to seven days of tooth soreness is normal after getting braces, according to patients.  But, you can minimize the tooth soreness with over-the-counter pain medication, whether it’s Ibuprofen or Tylenol. We often advise patients to take the medicine before the soreness sets in, so it will be in their systems.

Studies have also shown that pressure on the teeth helps alleviate soreness. We have little bite wafers you can use to alleviate the soreness. Interestingly, a recent study cites chewing sugarless gum after you get braces can also help alleviate soreness. Talk to your orthodontist to see what he recommends you. Some orthodontists advise staying away from chewing gum when you have braces.

So, how much do braces hurt? You can expect some soreness at first, but it’s really all about getting adjusted to them. Call Beecroft Orthodontics for first consultation today.

Beecroft Orthodontics, 10472 Georgetown Dr Fredericksburg , VirginiaPhone: 540-898-2200

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