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Do Braces Hurt?

One of the biggest concerns patients in Dallas, Irving, and the surrounding communities in Texas have when contemplating braces is the possibility they may cause pain. The good news is that this treatment is available by Dr. Scott Evans and most patients notice only minimum discomfort.

How are expanders used?

Some patients will need to wear expanders before an orthodontic appliance can be placed on the teeth. The expanders provide additional space in the jaw for teeth to move. When these expanders are initially put in place, the mouth may feel slightly sore for a few days since these devices tend to put a slight bit of pressure on the teeth as well.

Does the orthodontic appliance cause any pain?

No pain is associated with having the orthodontic appliance placed inside the mouth; however, a patient’s mouth may feel slightly sore until the mouth adjusts to the appliance. After visiting the orthodontist for an adjustment, patients can also experience a sore mouth if any of the wires are tightened. These are signs the teeth are moving in the mouth and not a cause for alarm.

Wires may rub against the gums or side of the mouth from time to time. This discomfort can usually be resolved with the use of orthodontic wax. Any wires that start protruding, poking, or have become loose need to be repositioned. In this instance, you can visit Dr. Evans to have these wires put back into place.

What happens when braces are removed?

Patients who have sensitive teeth may notice some slight discomfort whenever braces are taken off, as the adhesive used to hold the brackets on the teeth needs to be removed. Most patients do not notice any discomfort whatsoever while this is being done. After having the brackets removed, most patients report that their teeth feel lighter as a result.

In all, the amount of discomfort felt when wearing braces is relatively small. Most patients agree that the slight inconvenience caused by wearing braces is well worth it in the long run.

Don’t let concerns over braces hurting deter you from having the smile of your dreams. Dr. Scott Evans has been helping patients in Dallas, Irving, and the surrounding communities in Texas obtain a better smile since 1985 and welcomes the opportunity to do the same for you. For a free consultation, give him a call at 214-506-0054.