Do braces hurt?

Clinical research and technological development have revolutionised orthodontic treatment over the past 20 years. Many of the improvements in orthodontics have been aimed at making treatment comfortable and stress-free for the patient.

Putting 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.

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 the ones you would normally take 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. Patients are supplied with some orthodontic wax. If any part of the brace is rubbing against the lips or cheeks, a small piece of wax could be moulded over the troublesome component of the brace to act as a cushion.

After those first few days of orthodontic treatment, braces become comfortable to wear, and most of the time patients forget that they even have them on their teeth. Dr Sarah Good and Dr Pourghadiri use the latest miniature orthodontic braces, advanced clinical techniques and state-of-the-art wire technology to ensure that right from the start very light gentle forces are applied to the teeth, thus minimising any discomfort.