Does getting orthodontic braces hurt is a question that crosses many teens minds, but rarely gets asked out of fear of knowing. But the reality is that when an orthodontist places braces (brackets) on teeth, the process is relatively quick and completely painless.Get more informations about Dugas Dental & Carr Orthodontics
The process of cementing orthodontic brackets onto teeth is a well mapped out appointment as the orthodontist has already worked the treatment case on study models to establish exact bracket position. Some orthodontists even create a template that is placed on the teeth that shows where the orthodontic bracket is to be cemented. This precision of placement is the first step in creating a successful treatment plan.
The cementation of brackets and placement of orthodontic wire will take your orthodontist approximately two hours, but during this time there is no discomfort as this non invasive procedure involves applying cement to the tooth surface, placing the bracket and then curing the cement. Even placing the wire, that will move your teeth in to correct position, is a painless procedure. A light gauge wire is initially used so that your teeth, gums and bone can adjust to this gentle pressure.
Light pressure is often the description patients use to describe the feeling of teeth moving. Pain and discomfort are not words that are often used by patients as today orthodontic technology focuses on reducing the inflammation caused by tooth movement, thereby reducing mouth discomfort.
So what can cause some minor discomfort in the first week of wearing orthodontic braces? Well the fact that you have brackets on your teeth will mean the inside of your cheeks and lips may be slightly tender in the first few days. But applying some orthodontic wax to specific areas will prevent cheek and lip tenderness; and your orthodontic team will probably supply plenty of wax for you to keep soreness to a minimum.
If you’re used to eating sticky, chewy food you’re going to have to make different choices, as orthodontic braces require soft, non sticky food to be eaten to avoid being pulled off. Not being able to eat your usual toffee may be annoying to you but by avoiding it during orthodontic treatment will ensure brackets stay in place and wires don’t get pulled out.
While wearing braces, your orthodontic team will give you specific instructions to follow. Everything from how to brush and floss properly to how to handle a pokey wire (wax). Getting braces is an exciting time, and it shouldn’t be ruined by false information about pain. Within a week, you’ll forget you’re wearing braces and just care of your latest smile.