A Common Question That We Receive Is Whether Braces Or Invisalign Hurt Or Cause Any Discomfort. Find Out The Answer To This Question By Reading Our Blog.

Do Orthodontic Braces and Invisalign Hurt?

Do Orthodontic Braces and Invisalign Hurt?
Posted on 12/12/2017

At Heller Orthodontics, we’re proud to be your premier choice when you’re looking for Bethesda and Laurel Invisalign, braces, or any other orthodontics. We do all we can to make sure that our patients have the most convenient and comfortable orthodontic treatment possible. We focus on providing exceptional orthodontic care. When you come to your Bethesda and Laurel orthodontist, we want you to know that you’ll be in good – and completely safe – hands! We mention this because one of the most common questions that we get from our patients is about whether braces hurt.

So…Do Braces Hurt?

Thankfully, braces really aren’t painful at all so it shouldn’t be something to be worried about. The actual process of getting the braces put on is incredibly simple as well. After your teeth have been thoroughly cleaned and dried, you’ll have the brackets of the braces glued onto your teeth. After they’re applied, the wire will be placed into the slots on the brackets and then they’ll be secured with ligatures. While this process should be pretty painless, you’ll likely feel some soreness or discomfort for a few days after they’ve been placed and also for a few days after each adjustment appointment. Each time your teeth start to move, your body’s reaction is that the teeth become a bit tender when chewing. 

What About Invisalign? Is That Painful?

Fortunately, our Laurel and Bethesda Invisalign isn’t painful either. Just like with braces, Invisalign will apply slight, consistent pressure to your teeth to get them to shift toward a more favorable position. For the first few days after you put in your new set of aligners, you’ll feel mild discomfort. However, this discomfort and soreness will quickly subside as you get used to the new aligners.

What other problems can I expect with braces or Invisalign appliances?

At times new braces or aligners can cause areas of irritation to the cheeks, tongue, or lips. Orthodontic wax can be used during this adjustment period. It is best to use the wax sparingly to allow your mouth to adapt to the rubbing of the new appliances. The inside of your mouth will toughen up and become used to your orthodontic appliances.Our Bethesda and Laurel orthodontic offices can resupply you with wax at your visits or in between visits as needed.

What to Do About Discomfort

There are a handful of things that you can do in order to deal with any discomfort that you may be feeling from our Bethesda orthodontics. We recommend the following:

  • Try to only eat soft foods for the first few days. Examples of these foods can include applesauce, mashed potatoes, macaroni and cheese, soup, and yogurt.
  • Also, you should avoid acidic drinks as they’re likely to aggravate any sores in your mouth.
  • If a certain part of the brackets or wires of your braces is causing you discomfort, you can place some orthodontic wax over it.
  • If you have any irritated areas in your mouth, you can apply an over-the- counter oral anesthetic to numb it.
  • If you feel something sharp is causing the irritation please contact Heller Orthodontics in either our Bethesda or laurel location.
  • You can also use an over-the-counter pain reliever like acetaminophen or ibuprofen.

However, if you believe that you’re suffering from any orthodontic emergencies, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us as soon as possible and we’ll do everything we can to help you.

Visit Your Laurel and Bethesda Orthodontist!

If you’re looking for Laurel or Bethesda Invisalign, braces, or any of our other high-quality orthodontics, we encourage you to schedule an appointment with us. You can do so by filling out our appointment request form or by giving us a call at one of our  convenient locations. Our Bethesda office phone number is (301) 654-5433, our Laurel office phone number is (301) 490-2882. We can’t wait to see you!