Why do your Braces Hurt?

Posted on 07/20/2015 by Dr. Lovrovich
A young woman with a pair of braces on her teeth.

You probably hear the horror stories regarding how much braces hurt not just when you get them, but long afterwards. The truth is they do not hurt that bad. Yes, there might be some discomfort when you first get them or when they are first tightened, but the pain does not last long and it is usually fairly tolerable. If you have pain during other times when you have braces something might be wrong. Here are a few things to keep in mind.

The First Day

The day you get the braces you can expect to be slightly sore. This is simply because your mouth is getting used to the fact that you have braces. Your teeth might feel weird, eating might be a little more difficult, and your mind might think that they hurt just because of the unknown. If you have true discomfort, you can take over the counter ibuprofen to deal with the pain, but generally, you just need to allow yourself to rest and get used to the new braces. Your diet will need to be altered accordingly as well. Choosing hard to chew foods would not be the best choice at this point – instead, choose soft or liquid foods for a few days until you are used to things.

Pain on your Cheeks and Gums

Sometimes pain radiates from your cheeks and gums as a result of the braces. This is because your mouth itself is not used to having wires and brackets everywhere. You might experience rubbing on your cheeks and get subsequent sores as a result. This pain might occur when you first get your braces as your mouth gets used to them as well as when your teeth realign. The new position of your teeth will put the wires in a new spot, which means your cheeks need to get used to them once again, since it is a new area of your mouth.

Pain after Adjustments

As you come in for periodic appointments to have your braces adjusted to ensure that we are moving along the desired path to straighten your teeth, you may experience more discomfort. Keep in mind that this discomfort is desired as it means that your teeth are shifting. We only perform small adjustments at each appointment in order to ensure that your teeth straighten properly as well as to keep your pain to a minimum. Just like when you first got your braces placed in your mouth, you will need to alter your diet for a few days as well as take over the counter ibuprofen if the pain is too much to handle.

Overall, pain from braces is good and is generally tolerable. Most people that have had them will tell you that it is not as bad as you anticipate. In fact, the anticipation is typically the hardest part about getting braces. If you are nervous, remember that the end result is well worth any discomfort that you may experience. You are getting braces in order to align your teeth whether for aesthetic or functional reasons. Do not focus on the pain now, but on the bright future that you have when you have straight, beautiful teeth. Our staff is here for you every step of the way and will do everything possible to ensure that you do not experience excessive pain as a result of obtaining the straight teeth that you desire.

If you are ready for braces, please call our office today for an appointment. Our staff would be happy to assist you on your quest to achieve a straight, healthy smile!

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