Mild pain or discomfort is a common and expected side effect when wearing braces. However, this discomfort is usually temporary and should only be felt immediately after wires or braces placement or adjustment. The discomfort typically subsides within a few days. It is rare for braces pain to last longer than a week. Please note that everyone’s pain tolerance and sensitivity levels may vary so individual experiences can differ. Taking over-the-counter pain relievers can help you alleviate pain. Also, follow any advice or recommendations from our orthodontist to manage any discomfort associated with braces.

Why Do Braces Cause Discomfort?

Braces hurt due to the pressure they exert on your teeth to facilitate the gradual realignment of your smile. The pressure can lead to temporary sensitivity in the gums. Additionally, shortly after their initial placement, you are likely to feel discomfort in the cheeks. While most types of braces are designed to minimize pain, they may still rub against the inside of your cheeks, causing irritation or minor cuts. Besides, after getting braces or adjustments, it is normal to experience some soreness in your teeth and gums. This discomfort is typically mild and can last for a few days as your teeth adjust to the pressure from the braces. However, these discomforts are typically temporary and part of the adjustment process. Over time, your teeth and mouth will adapt to the braces, and the soreness or sensitivity will diminish. Follow our orthodontist instructions to alleviate irritation caused by braces rubbing against the cheeks. After getting braces, make sure you maintain good oral hygiene. Also, follow any instructions provided by our orthodontist. Besides, ensure you attend regular check-ups for a smoother and more comfortable experience during your orthodontic treatment. Furthermore, consult our orthodontist if the pain persists or worsens. They can provide guidance, make necessary adjustments, or suggest additional remedies to address any discomfort or soreness caused by braces.