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Does Orthodontic Treatment Hurt?

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Does Orthodontic Treatment Hurt?

Different people have different levels of sensitivity to pain. Orthodontic treatment can sometimes be uncomfortable, but don’t let it be a cause for concern! It’s all part of the process, and doesn’t usually last very long.


Here at Ridge Meadows Orthodontics, we’re always straightforward with our patients. So, we’re not going to pretend that you’re won't ever experience any discomfort during your orthodontic treatment.

In fact, a small amount of discomfort, pain and soreness is a normal part of the proceedings! After all, the structure of your smile is changing, and there are times when that’s not going to feel good.

Of course, that doesn’t mean you should expect to suffer throughout your whole treatment! The majority of the discomfort you feel will be very transitory, lasting only for a moment, a few hours, or in some cases, a few days, before wearing off.

When will I feel pain during treatment?

For the most part, the discomfort you'll feel during your treatment will be during transition points. If you have traditional braces, this will happen when the braces are first placed, and also during and shortly after your adjustment appointments.

The type of pain you experience during these times will be of a mild, achy variety, and with some ice and maybe an over-the-counter painkiller or two, it shouldn’t last for more than a few days at most.

Damaged Appliances

Once in while, orthodontic appliances can become damaged, and this can cause pain. Usually, it’s more of an irritation than actual pain.

For instance, if a wire becomes loose, it may irritate the inside of your cheek. If this happens, bend the wire back with a blunt object, such as a spoon, to get it out of the way. Then contact our office and make an appointment to have the problem wire repaired.

In rare cases, more serious injuries and damage can occur. If you think you have an orthodontic emergency, or if you're experiencing unusual levels of pain that can’t be quelled with any of the above methods, call our office straight away, and we’ll make some room in our schedule to help!

Learn more about what constitutes an orthodontic emergency here, or contact our team today to discuss your pain management options.

Book your No Obligation Smile Consultation today with Ridge Meadows Orthodontics.