Do Braces Hurt and How to Manage Braces Pain?
Braces are orthodontic treatment carried out by trained dentist or an orthodontist, which makes use of dental brackets, wires and rubbers. On their own the components are good for nothing: the brackets are tiny boxes with slots, shaped in such a way so that it could be attached onto the tooth; the wires, formed to follow the shape of the arch, are inserted into the small openings on the brackets; and the rubber bands, hold the two components together. With careful thought and planning, the dentist is able to move teeth around the jaw so that the patient can enjoy a more beautiful smile. But, do braces hurt and how to manage braces pain?
For whatever issue the patient has about the arrangement of his teeth — crooked teeth, underbite, overbite or spaces in between, braces can resolve it. In a few months to a few years a patient may enjoy a perfect smile, but the results may come with some pain and discomfort.
Do Braces Hurt?
Just think about it this way, from a completely free mouth you now have a mouth that is encaged by brackets, wires and rubbers. From a completely free mouth, your teeth have been installed with braces so that it suddenly disrupts the function of your mouth and teeth. Do braces hurt, it can, and some feel varying degrees of pain and discomfort through the course of treatment.
Braces hurt because of a few things:
It hurts because as already mentioned, you come from a totally free mouth, to a mouth encaged by orthodontic components and that can be so limiting. It is limiting in terms of speech and movement. It is hard to talk with braces in your mouth, hard to eat, and it sure takes a lot of getting used to.
It also hurts because the components are tough, usually made of metal or ceramic material, and when it comes into contact with the gums it can cause abrasions, cuts and lacerations on the tissues.
It also hurts because the movements directed to the braces cause movements to the teeth. This can be quite uncomfortable, especially when heavy forces are subjected, almost making the patient feel as though your teeth are being pulled out.
Depending on the type of movement being initiated, pain and discomfort varies. Depending on the pain threshold of the patient, the experience will be positive or otherwise, so it is important for you to know how to deal with the “pain” in case it happens.
Manage Braces Pain
To avoid wounds, sores, cuts and lacerations, you make use of the wax that your dentist will give you. The wax is mouldable like clay and you plug it on the bracket that seems to contacting the gums. Cover the entire bracket well so that instead of it touching the gums, tissues contact the soft wax instead.
If the use of the wax is already too late, you can resolve wounds, sores, cuts and lacerations with oral ointment and creams. You apply the topical medication onto the area of the mouth where the sore is, until the tissues have healed. Understand that like any wound you will develop a scar or a callous, which will toughen the skin. This will make the soft tissue thick and more protected from the sharp components of the braces. After a while, a patient with braces will have tougher skin so that sores are not at all an issue anymore.
Any pain and discomfort experienced during braces treatments may be resolved through analgesics. Painkillers can be taken to relieve the patient of any debilitating pain, should he be unable to tolerate it. Understand, though, that any pain and discomfort felt is merely temporary. After a while, the tissues will heal and get used to the braces, so that pain is no longer going to be an issue.
Do braces hurt? Well it can, and they do hurt sometimes but they are not a serious problem. What you have to keep in mind here is why you made the decision to have braces in the first place. “No pain, no gain” so if means you need to go through some pain and discomfort to have the smile that you want — you will endure it.