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Braces: What To Expect
Do braces hurt?
Braces do not hurt at all when they are applied on the teeth, so there is no reason to be anxious about the placement appointment. Typically, patients will experience a mild discomfort or soreness after the orthodontic wire is placed into the brackets, which may last for a couple days.
In less modern times, only stiff wires were available, and there was more pain associated with braces. With newer technology, and more flexible wires available now, there is significantly less discomfort associated with tooth movement. Over the counter pain relievers such as Tylenol/Advil/Motrin (normally taken for headaches) can be used to ease this discomfort.
Can I get braces and go back to work or school the same day?
Braces should not interfere with your ability to go back to school or work. Your lips and cheeks may take some time to get adjusted to braces. If additional appliances are placed inside your mouth, you may need some time to get used to talking with them.
Will I need to get shots?
No shots or anesthesia are needed in orthodontic treatment. Braces are bonded (glued) to your teeth at the beginning of treatment and removed at the end of treatment. So, as you can see, usually the procedure of getting braces is relatively painless.
How often should I go back to the orthodontist after getting braces?
Appointments are scheduled according to each patient’s needs. Most patients in braces will be seen every four to eight weeks. If there are specific situations that require more frequent monitoring, appointments may be scheduled accordingly.
Can I get braces if I am pregnant?
There are no contraindications for treating patients during pregnancy. You may need a letter from your obstetrician saying that it is ok to have x-rays taken. Because of hormonal changes during pregnancy, your gums may become swollen easier. However, as long as you practice good oral hygiene, you can still enjoy the benefits of orthodontic treatment when you are pregnant.
Do I need to have a dentist refer me for treatment?
Although many patients are referred by their family dentist, you can make an appointment without a referral from a dentist. If you are considering orthodontic treatment, you can call an orthodontist directly and usually schedule a free consultation.