Braces pain is inevitable. Braces come under the dental heading of orthodontics, which concerns itself with proper teeth alignment and all maladies associated with improper alignment (referred to as malocclusion in the dental world).
While braces can be found among all age groups, taking steps to correct teeth alignment concerns in young children and teenagers whose teeth move most easily, is especially encouraged. The level of pain is different for each individual, but everyone will have to go through some pain.
Braces Pain Causes
Disturbance of tissues May Cause Braces Pain
It is hard to imagine that no pain or discomfort would be associated with any foreign instrument semi-permanently attached to the teeth in order to cause realignment, which by definition is a form of forced movement. You will feel pain starting at the first treatment.
Braces pain begins with disturbance of tissues inside the mouth caused by affixing the braces. Further, the friction of these usually metal or ceramic devices against moveable areas of the mouth such as the tongue and lips may cause pain.
Even friction against the cheeks may give way to braces pain, and sores may develop on any of these parts as a result of this friction. Periodic movement, or adjustment to the appliance means readjusting to a new configuration within the mouth.
Continual Pressure and Braces Pain
Continual pressure defines the crux of the mechanics of braces as they realign teeth causing braces pain. More intense braces pain is renewed with necessary adjustment of the devices, if they are of the fixed type. The alternate removable type is designed to correct a small number of teeth. Chewing may bring discomfort when braces are newly affixed.
Bad Hygiene May Lead to Braces Pain
Caution must be taken that plaque buildup doesn’t lead to bacteria or fungi growth on the appliance, which can become another source of pain. Several factors can contribute to this growth, which in turn can lead to the condition of gingival enlargement.
This enlargement further impedes oral hygiene by becoming an obstruction to areas that must be kept clean, thereby creating a self-perpetuating problem. This is especially true of anyone with a weakened immune system.
Additional components that are potential irritants are the bands, and cement used for banding (Gong).
Chewing and braces Pain
Chewing motion may be painful with newly attached braces. Foods that are tightly compact or crunchy add to chewing difficulties. Soft foods of moderate temperature are preferable.
Take Home Note on Braces Pain
Braces pain can be subjective, meaning that previous experience, or tolerance levels are gauges of pain, but are unique to each individual.