Does Orthodontic Treatment Hurt?

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Does Orthodontic Treatment Hurt?

Everyone is different, and has different levels of sensitivity to pain. Orthodontic treatment can sometimes be uncomfortable, but don’t worry! It’s all part of the process, and doesn’t usually last for long.


Here at Guildford Orthodontics, we’re always straightforward with our patients. So, we’re not going to pretend that you’re never going to experience any discomfort as you undergo orthodontic treatment.

In fact, a little discomfort, pain and soreness is a normal part of the proceedings! The structure of your smile is changing, and there are times when that’s not going to feel good.

Now, that doesn’t mean you should expect to suffer for months on end! Most of the pain or discomfort you feel during treatment will be very transitory, lasting only for a moment, a few hours, or in some cases, a few days, before wearing off.

When will I feel pain during treatment?

Most of the discomfort you feel during the treatment process will be during transition points. For people wearing traditional braces, this will happen when your braces are first placed, as well as during and shortly after your adjustment appointments.

Mind you, the type of pain you feel during these points in your treatment will be more of a mild, achy soreness, and wthl a little ice and maybe an over-the-counter painkiller or two, it shouldn’t last for more than a few days, tops.

Damaged Appliances

Sometimes, your orthodontic appliances can become damaged, and this can cause pain. Usually, it’s more of an irritation than actual pain.

For instance, if a wire becomes loose, it may irritate the inside of your cheek. In these cases, bend the wire back with a blunt object, such as a spoon, and contact our office and make an appointment to have the problem repaired.

However, more serious injuries and damage can sometimes occur. If you think you have an orthodontic emergency, or are experiencing abnormal pain that can’t be quelled with any of the above steps, call our office immediately and we’ll make space in our schedule to help!

You can learn more about what constitutes an orthodontic emergency here, or contact our team today to discuss your pain management options.

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