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Do braces hurt?

  • June 7th, 2016

IMG_6961_waxPutting braces on or fitting them certainly does not hurt. No needles or sharp objects of any kind are involved, and you don’t have to go to sleep to have them fitted! Removable braces simply clip onto the teeth; and fixed braces are glued to the teeth. After braces have been fitted, there may be some discomfort for a few days and most of the time your mouth usually adapts to the appliance after a day or two and the discomfort is usually temporary.
The level of this discomfort varies quite a bit from individual to individual. In general, the teeth may feel a little sore, slightly loose, and tender to biting pressure. Painkillers such as Paracetamol or Ibuprofen which are normally taken for headaches would take care of any soreness or discomfort that may be experienced for the first few days.
Parts of the brace may rub on the lips, cheeks or tongue. There may also be increased saliva flow, and a minor temporary effect on speech. This is normal, and soon patients get used to wearing their brace and their speech will go back to normal.
If any part of the brace is causing discomfort against the lips or cheeks, a small piece of wax should be moulded to the part of the brace which is rubbing to act as a cushion.
We use the latest orthodontic braces, and advanced technology to ensure that right from the start very light gentle forces are applied to the teeth, thus minimising any discomfort.

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