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Does Teeth Straightening Hurt?

01/09/2022

A common fear amongst patients is that braces are going to be painful and very uncomfortable, but this isn’t the case. You will be able to feel the pressure on your teeth as it will be a new sensation but it should never be painful.

The discomfort will vary from patient to patient; however, it will subside after a few days. Keep reading for an overview of what to expect when getting fixed braces:

Day 1

Once the fixed braces have been placed on your teeth, you will experience no pain. Initially eating may be slightly more difficult as you learn to chew with the brace and your teeth might feel more sensitive that usual. Avoid hard, crunchy foods and instead opt for softer foods such as potato, pasta or soup. You may experience slight discomfort by the end of day 1 as your teeth begin to shift from the pressure.

Days 2-3

The first few days after having your braces fitted will be the most uncomfortable, whilst your teeth get used to the start of the alignment process and you get acclimated to feeling the brace in your mouth. There are waxes you can apply to your braces to prevent and relieve discomfort from braces rubbing against your inner cheeks and lips. Over the counter pain-relief such as Ibuprofen can be helpful for any mild pain.

Days 5-7

After a week of wearing braces, any discomfort will have subsided and you should be used to the sensation of wearing a brace. Your teeth will be used to the constant pressure and eating foods harder in consistency will feel a lot easier, although eating very hard or crunchy foods may still be a challenge.

To see whether you are suitable for braces and how long expected treatment times would be, book a free consultation.

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