Getting braces can be a big change. Most people feel nervous about it and have lots of questions about what it will be like. Let’s talk about one of the most common concerns: Do braces hurt?
Unfortunately, sometimes, they do. There may be some discomfort in the beginning when your braces are new that can be exacerbated by too much activity, but there are lots of things you can do to minimize the possibilities of discomfort and make the transition a lot easier.
The First Few Days
Although you may still be wondering, “Do braces hurt?” The answer is that it is different for each patient, but there is a general pattern of adjustment that many patients may experience.
The first week with your new braces can be the most challenging. Your braces may feel bulky, but your mouth will soon adjust to the feel of them so before long you may forget they are even there. However, in the meantime, some things can be helpful while you wait for that to happen.
During the first few days, it’s a good idea to stock up on foods that won’t require a lot of chewing such as yogurt, pudding, soup, soft pastas and smoothie ingredients. Don’t worry, you’ll be able to eat many of your favorite foods again before long, but it’ll reduce your discomfort a lot if you don’t have to chew too much during the initial period while you’re still getting used to your new braces.
It can also be helpful to schedule some rest and relaxation at home during this time. Talking may feel different at the beginning, just like eating, so take it easy and don’t expect a lot from yourself. Your body just needs a bit of time to get used to this big change, so it’s a great chance to read, do some relaxing crafts or enjoy some well-deserved rest while marathoning that TV show that’s been on your list.
In moments of discomfort, you may wonder how to put up with being stuck with braces for months, but rest assured, in the short few weeks that follow, your body will soon get used to your new braces.
When you experience discomfort, though, it’s a good idea to call your orthodontist because there are some things you can do to alleviate it. Your orthodontist has worked with countless patients who have experienced what you are experiencing and will have plenty of tips and solutions to offer.
Your orthodontist may suggest an over-the-counter pain reliever or numbing gel and might also provide you with some special dental wax to place over areas that are extra tender to help reduce rubbing and irritation and make it a bit easier for your mouth during the adjustment period. Don’t be afraid to make good use of your orthodontist’s recommendations over the first weeks!
It Will Be Worth It!
Many people feel anxious before they get braces, so if you feel that way, it’s totally normal! You may continue to wonder “How much do braces hurt?” “Do braces hurt a lot for some people? What will it feel like for me?” Talk to your orthodontist about your questions and concerns. They’ll be able to help with encouragement and reassurance when you need it. Also, remember that it will all be worth it when you see your new smile!
Call our 5th Street, Riverside, Galleria, Heights, Oak Forest, Rice Village, Richmond, Spring or Hulen dental offices to make an appointment with a dentist who may be able to help you find out more about this topic, and improve your oral health.