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Braces are a type of orthodontic treatment that orthodontists use to help correct misaligned or overcrowded teeth. Braces can also help correct an overbite. People who are thinking of getting braces or are getting them soon might wonder whether they are painful. Our orthodontic team here at Whites Dental in London would be delighted to be a part of your dental transformation and answer any questions you may have regarding braces. Our practice is based across the street from Southwark tube and a 10 minutes’ walk from London Bridge.
Abnormal bites often become evident between the 6 and 12 years of age, when children are transitioning into their adult teeth. Orthodontic treatment characteristically begins between the ages of 8 and 14 years. However, these days, a lot more adults also consider getting braces due to the advanced dental technology and the many options they have. Although everyone is different, most people experience some pain (soreness and discomfort) for the first few days when they get braces and also after brace tightening. Some patients may only experience slight discomfort, which then goes away after a few hours. Keep reading if you want more information on whether braces hurt and what to expect while they are on the teeth.
Fastbraces are a form of orthodontic treatment that continues to grow in popularity. These braces work on smile improvement at a much quicker pace than traditional braces. Patients who aren’t keen to wear braces for a couple of years to straighten their smile can benefit from fast braces treatment. There are many individuals who avoid orthodontic treatment because of the myths they have heard about braces. Many of these myths are just misconceptions.
One of the main myths going around is that braces are agonisingly painful. While braces may cause a bit of discomfort when they are first attached to the teeth, once the patient gets used to them, the pain is no longer much of an issue. Braces do not cause agonising pain and, at the most, they simply cause mild discomfort from time to time. Another misconception about braces is that it takes two years or more to straighten the teeth and improve the smile. This is completely untrue with fast braces. Each patient is unique when it comes to their teeth and what needs to be fixed. Fastbraces can help to make those adjustments and improvements in less time so that patients only have to wear their braces for an average of 6 months to a year.
Some people think that fastbraces do not give permanent results because they work too fast. Again, this is proven not to be true. Fastbraces can help to move your teeth faster enabling you to straighten your teeth in a year or less on average. Patients who opt for fastbraces find that the solution is not only fast, it is also efficient and affordable too. The technology used with fastbraces indorses fast movement of the teeth so that they can reach the position that they need to be in less time.
When the braces initially go on, a person might not experience any pain or discomfort straight away. However, within a few hours, the mild pressure that the braces put on the teeth will start to take effect. The pressure of the braces slowly pulling the teeth into position can create discomfort and pain, which could last from a day or two to about a week.
Here are a few things to expect during the first week:
- tender gums
- grazes or sores on the inside of the cheeks due to the metal brackets rubbing against them
- potential of cuts to the tongue if the patient uses the tongue to ‘feel’ the new braces
- the teeth may feel uncomfortable, especially when eating food
After some time, you may start to forget about your braces as your body adjusts. However, in order for the braces to work, the orthodontist will need to tighten the braces occasionally.
When an orthodontist tightens the braces, they may:
- substitute the current wires
- place or tighten springs
- tighten the orthodontic bands on the braces in order to put extra pressure on your teeth
Typically, tightening takes place once a month or as required, depending on the individual’s progress. When tightening occurs, an individual is likely to experience a level of discomfort similar to that when they first got the braces. In some cases, it may be less painful. After tightening, many people only feel discomfort in the teeth and gums. The tongue and cheeks have typically been able to adjust to the braces by now, therefore new scrapes are unlikely to these parts of the mouth.
People may need to wear a removable retainer for a period of time after the braces are removed, usually either during the day or just at night. The retainer should not cause any added discomfort. Some retainers are fixed and will require an orthodontist to attach them to the teeth in a similar way to braces.
It is often not uncommon for patients to have a little bit of trouble brushing their teeth correctly while wearing orthodontic braces. This difficulty can lead to gum disease and tooth decay, which can be painful. Keeping the mouth as clean as possible with good oral hygiene and avoiding sugary, sticky foods can help stop cavities and tooth decay.
For those looking to straighten their teeth in a fast yet efficient manner call us today to book a complementary consultation! Our dedicated orthodontics team will happily point you in the right direction and advise on the best treatment plan for your needs.
For more information on fast braces, please visit our braces homepage – https://www.whitesdental.co.uk/orthodontist-teeth-straightening-london-waterloo/