Is Orthodontic Treatment Painful?

May 28, 2013

In previous years, teens and adults often shied away from the thought of orthodontic treatment for fear of the pain they associated with it. However, recent advancements in the field of dentistry over the past several years have significantly improved the orthodontic treatment methods used today. This article will take a closer look at orthodontics and what you can do to combat feelings of discomfort.


Pain vs. Discomfort
Orthodontic treatment is not associated with pain or major discomfort, as your New York City or Park Avenue orthodontic specialist will use only the latest in biocompatible braces and light forces to correct oral malocclusions, ultimately resulting in minimal discomfort and faster treatment times. Some patients will experience tenderness or soreness in the first few days after their braces have been put in place, as well as in the days following an adjustment or “tightening” appointment, but this is usually an annoyance rather than a major issue.

Steps You Can Take
There are a number of steps you can take to minimize any discomfort after your braces have been put on or adjusted. These may include taking over-the-counter pain or anti-inflammatory medications, placing an ice pack up against your cheek near the site of irritation, and eating soft or pureed foods . Placing a small amount of orthodontic wax on your brackets will also help reduce any irritation to your lips, tongue, or cheeks while you adjust to your new braces.

Here at Seligman Orthodontics , we want to ensure that you receive the best orthodontic experience possible. That’s why we offer a number of comfortable orthodontic solutions, including Incognito braces and the Invisalign system. Learn how to promote successful orthodontic treatment while minimizing any discomfort by calling our Park Avenue office today at (646) 681-8516. You can also visit our New York City office at our website for more information on our current Invisalign promotion.

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