Does it hurt to get braces on?
July 11, 2017

No, they are attached to the surface of your teeth. (No shots or drilling!) Orthodontic therapy uses appliances to move the teeth with gentle pressure. When braces are applied or adjusted, your teeth and gums may be tender for a day or two. The amount of discomfort varies from patient to patient, but usually does not last more than 48 hours. Dr. Kent practices the most modern techniques and works with each patient to achieve comfort during the course of treatment. If you do experience any discomfort, we recommend that you try taking Ibuprofen or Tylenol. If the discomfort does not go away, you can also try dissolving one teaspoon of salt in eight ounces of lukewarm water. Swish and gargle this solution in your mouth for just a couple of minutes (do not swallow the saltwater). It is also not uncommon for your lips, cheeks, and tongue to become irritated for one to two weeks as they toughen and become used to the braces. We will give you wax to put over the braces to lessen the tenderness.