Do Braces Hurt?

Do Braces Hurt

There has been an upward trend when it comes to people seeking orthodontic care. This can be attributed to growing cosmetic concerns and awareness about the risks of living with crooked teeth. Whatever be the reason, many adults, teenagers and children are seeking orthodontic care today. 

However, oral health specialists have observed that many people who need orthodontic are apprehensive of the treatment. Some of the most common reasons people have for not getting their teeth aligned are related to the appearance of braces in the mouth. However, one of the most common points of apprehension, as seen by Dr. Pancko, a board-certified orthodontist at Wilmington Orthodontic Center, is PAIN!

There is a generalized misconception that orthodontic treatments are excruciating. Due to this generalized reputation of orthodontic treatments being painful, many people who need them don't opt for them. Everyone is different and has varied pain tolerance; therefore, the pain of braces can also vary from patient to patient. Some may not feel anything in particular, while some can experience mild to moderate discomfort.

During your first appointment, it can take around 1 to 1.5 hours at Wilmington Orthodontic Center to place your braces. This process is generally painless. However, within a few hours, you may notice some initial soreness and discomfort. In addition, the feeling of having something in your mouth can be a little unsettling at first but eventually goes away. 

You may experience some soreness and pressure on the teeth and gums, which is usually apparent while chewing. Your tongue and side of the cheeks may also feel a little sore in the initial days of getting your braces, especially if you choose traditional metallic or ceramic braces. Typically, this pain can be managed with over-the-counter painkillers. It is advised to stick to easily chewable and softer consistency foods like soups, shakes, or ice cream during this phase. 

Within a month, you will be used to the feeling of braces, and it won't feel uncomfortable or painful anymore. However, you will have to come to our dental office, Wilmington Orthodontic Center, regularly for wire adjustments and alignments. Please make sure you don't miss these appointments as they can significantly affect your treatment's progress. Also, please wear your rubber bands as advised! These tightening and adjustment procedures can feel a little uncomfortable and may cause temporary pain and soreness, which goes away on its own within a few days.

Once your treatment is complete and your precious whites have come to their intended place, your braces will be removed. The excitement of a new smile won't let you feel any discomfort or pain, and why should it? You have been waiting for this day for so long! So remember to enjoy your new smile and laugh your heart out the day your braces are removed. 

Orthodontic treatments at Wilmington Orthodontic Center can cause a little discomfort and soreness initially and during adjustments. However, you won't be in pain, as people say. In conclusion, orthodontic treatments are not painful, and they do not hurt. However, if you feel anything more than soreness or discomfort, please consult our highly skilled orthodontist, and they will ensure that your concerns are resolved. 

So, why wait? Please schedule an appointment with us at Wilmington Orthodontic Center today and rediscover your smile!

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