Do Braces Hurt?

You may be considering getting braces but want to learn about whether they are painful. When discussing braces with new patients, one of the most common questions we hear is “do braces hurt”? Check out this video by Buffalo Orthodontist Dr. Steven J. Hietanen to alleviate any fear you may have about the pain associated with braces. If you’d like to schedule a free screening for your child, please contact us today.

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  • A common question I receive from patients regarding braces is “do braces hurt?” Interestingly, the fact is that braces are not painful. The forces braces apply to the teeth, however, may cause discomfort.
  • There is usually no pain associated with the placement of braces. We place wires onto those braces which begin to move the teeth. These wires can cause some discomfort. However, that does not happen immediately. It usually occurs the following day and dissipates soon thereafter.
  • In the past, patients who had braces put on would suffer discomfort for weeks on end. However, a patient who initiates orthodontics now usually experiences some discomfort on the second and third days after the braces are put on only. Beyond that, their teeth will not be sore at all.
  • It is important to monitor this in treatment because, if pain persists beyond the first few days, it may be caused by something the orthodontist should address, such as ineffective rubber band wear or wires that may not be doing just what the orthodontist were designed to do. Persistent pain in orthodontics is not a good sign.

Orthodontists Associates of Western New York is proud to offer braces for all ages throughout Buffalo, LancasterOleanHamburgOrchard Park, and DunkirkEast Aurora, and Niagara Falls New York. If you are considering orthodontic treatment for yourself or a loved one, please contact one of our 7 convenient orthodontic offices to arrange a free consultation.

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