Does Getting Braces Hurt?

Does Getting Braces Hurt?
Posted on 04/19/2018

Woman with braces getting her teeth checked

We get a lot of questions from patients considering orthodontic treatment, but one is the most common by far: does getting braces hurt? There's a lot of misinformation out there about the orthodontic treatment process, and at Brieden Orthodontics, our mission is to be a comprehensive resource for orthodontic patients throughout New Baltimore and St. Clair. Accordingly, we're here to tell you no – getting braces doesn't "hurt." But there are some things you should know before starting the orthodontic treatment process.

How Do Braces Work?

Braces use a simple basic mechanism to move the teeth – one that's been honed carefully over decades of orthodontic advancements. Using a series of metal brackets and a thin, springy archwire, braces apply a gentle, constant, finely-calibrated force to each tooth. Over time, this pressure causes the teeth to shift positions, eventually resulting in a new smile.

This process begins when you have your braces placed by your New Baltimore orthodontist, Dr. Brieden. Dr. Brieden carefully places each bracket onto the front of a tooth, fixing it in place with specialized dental cement. He'll also attach tooth-colored metal rings, called bands, to the rear molars. These bands act like anchors, giving the braces something to push off of. Finally, he'll run the archwire through the brackets and fix it in place using elastic ties. Once the ties are in place, the archwire starts applying pressure – and you're on your way to a new smile! Every patient is different, but most patients need to wear braces for 6 to 24 months to achieve a new smile.

Discomfort & Braces

Again, it's important to realize that strictly speaking, braces don't hurt. The majority of the treatment process is completely painless, and most patients barely notice their braces after a couple of weeks wearing them.

That said, braces usually cause temporary discomfort for the first few days after you get them and again whenever you have them adjusted. This discomfort is generally very mild and doesn't last more than a week, normally fading after a few days.

Thankfully, dealing with this discomfort is easy. A warm salt-water rinse can help soothe the mouth and ease sore gums, as can a heating pad applied to the cheeks. Finally, over the counter painkillers like Tylenol are a great option for managing discomfort. For most patients, the soreness fades within days – and if you have any trouble coping, you can always contact us for help.

Schedule a Consultation for Braces in New Baltimore, MI

Overall, braces are a comfortable, convenient, and reliable way to achieve a gorgeous smile that lasts a lifetime. Schedule a consultation today if you're interested in learning how braces can help you revitalize your smile. We'll work with you to design a treatment plan that fits into your lifestyle and help you achieve the smile of your dreams!