Gentle Dentistry

Do Braces Hurt?

This is probably one of the most frequently asked questions. Braces are specially designed to ensure they will not hurt when they are applied to your teeth. There may be slight discomfort that will last a few days, but no pain.

How we ensure your Braces do not Hurt

Treatment with braces involves 3 separate phases to maximize effectiveness without hurting oral tissues:

Planning Phase – Your first couple of visits may include the following:

  • A medical and dental history evaluation
  • Castings or “moulds” of your teeth
  • Computer generated photograph of the head and neck that will aid in planning
  • Photographs of your face and mouth
  • X-rays of the teeth and jaws

After careful planning, your orthodontist will design and apply braces or fabricate custom-made appliances for you.

Active Phase – Active treatment involves visiting your orthodontist on a regular basis for adjustments to relieve any discomfort and gently guide tooth movement to ensure successful treatment.

Retention Phase – When treatment is completed, the braces and/or appliances are removed, and a new appliance is made. Care is taken to ensure there is no pain. Usually these retainers are removable and will maintain the changes made to your teeth if worn continuously until the teeth and bone are stabilized in their new positions.

Treatment and retention times vary depending on each individual case. Your orthodontist will ensure you have a successful treatment for a beautiful smile that can last a lifetime.

Orthodontics can not only help straighten your teeth, giving you an appealing smile, but can greatly contribute to the health of your jaw, teeth and your overall health.