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Does Orthodontic Treatment Hurt?

Does Orthodontic Treatment Hurt?

Orthodontic treatment can be uncomfortable sometimes, but don’t let it be a cause for concern! It’s all part of the process of tooth movement, and doesn’t usually last very long.

Here at Austin Heights Orthodontics, we stive to give our patients as much information as we can at the outset of orthodontic treatment, so that they're prepared. Part of this is preparing them for the fact that they're likely to experience some discomfort at times during treatment.

Small amounts of discomfort, pain and soreness are a normal part of the proceedings! Think about it: the structure of your smile is changing, and there are times when that’s just not going to feel good.

That said, you're not going to be suffering constantly throughout your whole treatment! The discomfort you feel will be mostly be very transitory, lasting only for a moment, a few hours, or at most a few days, before wearing off.

When will I feel pain during treatment?

Discomfort usually occurs during treatment transition points. What does that mean? Well, for example, if you have traditional braces, you're likely to feel some discomfort when the braces are first placed, and also during and shortly after your adjustment appointments.

Essentially, soreness will probably occur mostly when you're moving forward in your treatment. In a way, it's a good sign, as it means the treatment is working.

The type of pain you experience during these times will probably not be worse than a mild ache, and with ice and maybe an over-the-counter painkiller or two, it shouldn’t last much longer than a few days, tops.

Damaged Appliances

Orthodontic appliances can occasionally become damaged, and this may result in pain. Most of the time, it’s more of an irritation than actual pain.

A good example of this is when a wire becomes loose. When this happens, the wire will begin to irritate the inside of your cheek from the friction. If this happens, get the wire out of the way by bending the wire back with a blunt object, such as a spoon. Then contact our office and make an appointment to have the problem wire repaired.

More serious injuries and damage can sometimes occur. These situations are thankfully quite rare, but if you think you have an orthodontic emergency, or if you're experiencing unusual levels of pain that can’t be managed with any of the above methods, call our office straight away, and we’ll make some room in our schedule to help!

To learn more about what constitutes an orthodontic emergency, contact our team today to discuss your pain management options.