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Is It Painful to Wear Braces?
Are you thinking about getting some braces? If so, you have probably asked yourself whether they will be painful or not and whether there are precautions you need to take to avoid the discomfort. The truth is that braces can cause some uneasiness, but the good news is that the pain is not as much as you may presume. At Vita Dental Spring, we advise our patients to prepare for the following:
When You First Get Your Braces
Having the braces placed in your mouth does not hurt. Usually, the procedure takes between one and two hours to complete. Our orthodontists at Vita Dental Spring typically start by placing bands around the back of your molars.
You may feel some slight pinching or pressure as the orthodontist proceeds. But, you will not experience any pain. Once this is complete, the orthodontist will apply some glue to the teeth. Be warned; this glue does not taste good.
Our orthodontists will then glue the brackets onto each tooth, before connecting the brackets with some wires. Having done this, they will then secure the teeth and the wires using elastic bands.
The pain and soreness will set in after a few hours. You will experience this in your gums and teeth. Often, the pain and soreness last for between five and seven days. During this period, you will start getting used to your new braces.
The rubber bands and wires will start applying pressure on the teeth to straighten them. It will take a while before you can become accustomed to this pressure. As a Vita Dental Spring patient, you will be advised to stick to the following foods:
- Frozen yogurt
- Berries and bananas
- Cold drinks
- Mashed potatoes
- Cheese and macaroni
The above foods are also known as sore teeth food. During the first seven days after getting your braces, you are likely to experience the following:
- Cuts or discomfort on the tongue
- Pain or soreness on the inner part of the cheek
- Soreness and pressure on the gums and teeth, more so when chewing food
If the pain becomes too much, our doctors can provide you with some pain relievers, e.g., acetaminophen. We recommend that you stick to soft food (food that does not require a lot of chewing) during the first week. Smoothies and cold drinks will help soothe your inflamed gums.
Typically, many people will start getting used to their braces within thirty days. You may not even realize the presence of your braces after having stayed with them for a period of five to six months. However, it is likely that you will experience some soreness every once in a while.
When You Tighten Your Braces
Braces come in handy in fixing alignment issues. They do so by placing pressure on the teeth. With time, the teeth will start to straighten out. The length of time it will take to achieve this will depend on a variety of factors such as the appliances in use, and the type of problems that the orthodontist is trying to amend.
It takes around two years for the teeth to become fully aligned. Once you start wearing braces, you will need to visit an orthodontist once every few weeks. The dentists at Vita Dental Spring will use these visits to make adjustments. They will also evaluate the condition of your teeth and at the same time check on the total amount of pressure produced by your braces.
As the tension decreases and the teeth start to move, your braces will begin to lose their effectiveness. As such, the dentist will need to tighten the elastic bands as well as the wires in a bid to increase their tension.
It is normal to experience some soreness and pain after the tightening of braces. The good thing is that the pain will not be as severe as the pain you experience when the braces are first put on. It takes a few days for you to become accustomed to the pressure on your teeth. Taking an over the counter pain reliever will help get rid of this pain.
When Your Braces Are Removed
Usually, people are so happy to get their braces removed that they rarely notice the presence of any pain. You should note that all dental procedures tend to be a little uncomfortable, although the removal process is not in any way painful.
Once our dentists have removed the braces, they will proceed to clean your teeth thoroughly. We may need to take some impressions and X-rays to determine whether the braces achieved their purpose or not. In case we notice that you have started developing some wisdom teeth, we may recommend extraction.
The removal of these wisdom teeth is at times necessary to ensure that the newly straightened teeth remain within their alignment. It is essential to notify the Vita Dental Spring of any pain or discomfort that you could be experiencing.
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