One of the most common questions we hear from our orthodontic patients at Calgary Smile Clinic is whether the placement of braces will cause pain or discomfort. The placing of orthodontic braces does not hurt at all. The brackets are safely bonded to your teeth using dental cement. The brackets themselves don't do any of the work, they simply act as an anchor to hold the wire and elastics/ligatures in place.
Once the wire is applied to the dental braces you may feel some slight pressure. The placement of elastics on the wire may feel 'tight'. Remember its a tiny rubber band on your teeth so slight pressure is to be expected. This light pressure is a wonderful thing. It means progess. It means you teeth are slowly beginning to move and your ideal smile is just on the horizon.
The mild pressure the dental braces exert on your teeth may last a couple days, it may last one day, or you may not even experience it at all. This will depend on your level of sensitivity. Either way, it is temporary.
All appliances used in Calgary Smile Clinic are cutting edge and designed to exert a light but continuous pressure on the teeth in order to create an ideal alignment. Your lips and tongue will adjust to the presence of the brackets. The same thing goes for any other orthodontic appliances such as expanders.
Over the counter pain medication such as Motin or Advil may be taken to relieve any discomfort you may experience upon the initial application of your braces.
You may find that you teeth are sore when eating during the first couple days of your orthodontic braces treatment. This is normal and temporary. Until your teeth adjust, you may want to stick to softer foods and liquids to ease any discomfort.