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How painful is it when you get braces?

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Dr. William Dabney
Dentistry - Orthodontics
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In brief: Braces pain

It really depends on your pain tolerance.
If you have a good workout at the gym after being inactive how sore are you? Is it painful or are your muscles just tender? That is how braces will affect you.

In brief: Braces pain

It really depends on your pain tolerance.
If you have a good workout at the gym after being inactive how sore are you? Is it painful or are your muscles just tender? That is how braces will affect you.
Dr. William Dabney
Dr. William Dabney
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Dr. Arnold Malerman
Dentistry - Orthodontics

In brief: Headache

Like having a headache in your mouth.
Takes a few days and then begins to ease off. Ask your orthodontist for instructions on managing the discomfort. Worth it, though. You'll be glad you had this done.

In brief: Headache

Like having a headache in your mouth.
Takes a few days and then begins to ease off. Ask your orthodontist for instructions on managing the discomfort. Worth it, though. You'll be glad you had this done.
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Dr. Arnold Malerman
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Dr. S. Jay Bowman
Dentistry - Orthodontics

In brief: Soreness

Some discomfort is a certainly a part of moving teeth with braces.
This discomfort is typically alleviated with over-the-counter analgesics, softer diet, and warm salt water rinses. The discomfort typically fades after a few days.

In brief: Soreness

Some discomfort is a certainly a part of moving teeth with braces.
This discomfort is typically alleviated with over-the-counter analgesics, softer diet, and warm salt water rinses. The discomfort typically fades after a few days.
Dr. S. Jay Bowman
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Dr. Hilary Baskin
Dentistry - Orthodontics

In brief: Not very

Most of our patients go back to school/work that day.
They do have some discomfort for a couple of days (think headache in your mouth) and want soft foods the first two days-- but the pain is nothing that some ibuprofin can not address.

In brief: Not very

Most of our patients go back to school/work that day.
They do have some discomfort for a couple of days (think headache in your mouth) and want soft foods the first two days-- but the pain is nothing that some ibuprofin can not address.
Dr. Hilary Baskin
Dr. Hilary Baskin
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Dr. Hasan Othman
Dentistry - Orthodontics

In brief: It depends

Depends on your age and tolerance level, nowadays most orthodontists use very light forces which keeps your pain to the minimum.

In brief: It depends

Depends on your age and tolerance level, nowadays most orthodontists use very light forces which keeps your pain to the minimum.
Dr. Hasan Othman
Dr. Hasan Othman
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Dr. David Schleimer
Dentistry - Orthodontics

In brief: Everyone different

Orthodontics in the modern context is really a very moderate and short term discomfort procedure.
Of course people have varying degrees of pain threshold and what is painful for one is a mild irritant to another. In general modern orthodontic materials and wire technologies have lessened the time and amount of discomfort and has also lengthened the time between visits, and this means less pain.

In brief: Everyone different

Orthodontics in the modern context is really a very moderate and short term discomfort procedure.
Of course people have varying degrees of pain threshold and what is painful for one is a mild irritant to another. In general modern orthodontic materials and wire technologies have lessened the time and amount of discomfort and has also lengthened the time between visits, and this means less pain.
Dr. David Schleimer
Dr. David Schleimer
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