Does orthodontic treatment hurt?
Fitting the brace should not be painful. For a fixed brace, the brackets are simply glued onto the surface of the teeth and then a thin wire joins the brackets together. No anaesthetic is needed.
After the brace has been fitted you can expect some aching and tenderness as the teeth start to move, but this mostly wears off after 5 to 7 days. The amount of discomfort varies from person to person and some patients do experience a degree of tenderness for a longer period. It may be helpful to take your normal painkillers for a day or two after the brace has been fitted. Some further discomfort may be experienced when the brace is adjusted.
If you're visiting our practice for the first time soon, visit our patient information page to find out more about what to expect.