Getting braces can be an overwhelming experience for some. When you have braces there are certain guidelines that you need to follow. It takes a while to get used to the braces. Sometimes people might experience some pain with braces. When you are just about to get braces, you might feel a bit of anxiety about how your teeth are going to feel. You might even find yourself worrying whether it is going to hurt or not. Metal, ceramic and lingual is the three major types of braces that you can choose. We are here to tell you all that you need to know about braces and pain, to help you prepare for the journey ahead.
What do braces feel like?
For the first few days after your braces have been attached, you might feel that there is something ‘extra’ which is present inside the mouth. This thing is constantly pining into your cheeks and lips. However, this feeling only lasts for a couple of days and then you get used to it.
Do the braces hurt the teeth?
The braces are designed to align your teeth. As the wire is moving each tooth, it is bound to cause some toothache. The orthodontic brackets which are attached to your teeth contain slots through which a metallic orthodontic wire is passed. It is attached using elastic ties. In your follow up appointments, the orthodontist will adjust the tension in the wire. This will help to create the tension which makes the teeth move and help them to align. After every sitting in which tightening is done, you might experience some pain. This pain is because the roots of the teeth are moving inside the bone, which can cause pain. You might experience similar pain even when you are opting for Invisalign braces.
For how long will you experience toothache?
There are no fixed days for which you would be experiencing a toothache. Some people experience tenderness and toothache right after the checkup. This tenderness and discomfort are felt because of the tightening. As the teeth start to move to the desired location, you might experience some pain. But this pain and discomfort will subside in a couple of days. However, some patients experience this discomfort for an extended time.
What to do when you experience toothache?
A mere thought of toothache can send a chill down anyone’s spine. When you are about to get braces, it is always better to be prepared. When you do experience pain, one of the things that you should do is take over-the-counter pain medication or the one which has been prescribed by the orthodontist. During this time try to consume a softer diet. Ensure that you don’t put pressure on your teeth like eating rice or cereals or anything crunchy. Make sure that you choose your brush wisely. As teeth and gums become more sensitive after orthodontic treatment, it is best to use a soft-bristled toothbrush. This will help to reduce discomfort. Also, make it a point to swish with saltwater.