Pain from Braces
When your child needs braces, you may be worried about discomfort they may experience. Experiencing pain from braces is a common concern that parents and children alike have.
A lot of times, patients come into the office wondering, “do braces hurt?” Interestingly, the truth is that, in and of themselves, braces are not painful. It is the forces braces apply to the teeth that actually cause discomfort. When we place braces, there is usually no pain associated with the placement itself. Once wires are placed onto those braces and begin to move the teeth, it is actually the wires that ultimately cause discomfort; however, that doesn’t usually happen immediately. Rather, it usually occurs the following day and dissipates soon thereafter.
In the past, when braces were put on, patients would suffer discomfort for weeks on end. Today, however, it’s very often observed that a patient who initiates orthodontics experiences some discomfort on the second and third days and then, beyond that point, their teeth will not be sore at all. In treatment, it is important to monitor this because, if pain from braces persists beyond those first few days, it may be caused by something the orthodontist needs to address, such as ineffective rubber band wear or wires that may not be doing exactly what the orthodontist designed them to do. It is important to recognize that persistent pain from braces in orthodontics is not a good sign.
If you are experiencing pain from braces, please call and schedule a free screening at one of our five Buffalo orthodontics offices today.
At Orthodontists of Western New York our doctors and professional staff are committed to delivering the highest quality patient care. We proudly provide orthodontic services for children, adolescents, and adults, specializing in early treatment for children.