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What Does It Feel Like to Get Braces?

September 5, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — drsimon @ 3:26 pm
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Are you soon going to get braces? You may be looking forward to your appointment with a mixture of excitement and nervousness. What does it feel like to get braces? How long will it take you to adjust? It is natural if you have some concerns. This guide explains what you can expect as you are getting started on your orthodontic journey.

Braces Placement

The process of placing braces is not painful, so you will not need any anesthetic. However, you may feel some discomfort because you will need to keep your mouth open for a significant length of time. You may also notice some pressure as the brackets and wires are arranged in your mouth.

Here is an overview of the steps that your orthodontic team may take during your appointment:

  • Drying your teeth
  • Applying adhesive to keep your brackets in place
  • Placing the brackets
  • Using an arch wire to connect the brackets

Your First Week with Braces

You can expect some discomfort during your first week with braces; the brackets and wires will be placing pressure on your teeth, and it can take some time to adjust to the sensation. The presence of metal in your mouth may also require an adjustment period. For most patients, the discomfort usually disappears within a week or so.

Here are some steps you can take to mitigate any pain that you may experience:

  • Use an over-the-counter pain reliever or topical analgesic.
  • Rinse your mouth with warm salt water to calm inflammation.
  • Eat a soft diet that includes things like yogurt, pasta, scrambled eggs, and applesauce.
  • Avoid highly acidic foods and drinks.
  • Use orthodontic wax to cover any portion of your braces that is irritating your mouth.

If you experience any severe pain or run into any questions, call your orthodontic team. They will be happy to assist you.

After the Initial Adjustment Period

Most patients note that, within a month or so, they do not really notice their braces anymore, except when they brush and floss their teeth. However, discomfort can return when you visit your orthodontist to get your braces tightened. The brackets and wires will be placing fresh pressure on your teeth, so you can expect to go through a few days of mild pain.

If, at any point during your treatment, you need to use accessories, such as elastics, they may cause some achiness and pressure. A soft diet and other pain relief measures can minimize your discomfort.

The entire orthodontic process is easier than most patients expect. Be patient and comply with your orthodontist’s instructions. Before you know it, you will have a straighter, healthier smile!

Meet the Practice

Dr. Patricia A. Simon is an accomplished orthodontist who sees each patient’s smile as a work of art. She carefully designs each treatment plan to provide optimum results and minimum discomfort. Traditional metal braces, clear aligners, and a number of other treatments are available in her practice. To learn more about how she and our team may be able to serve you, contact Lakewood Orthodontics at 214-826-9000.

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