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Do braces hurt? No!

May 25 / 2018

There’s a myth out in the world that braces are extremely painful.

We aren’t exactly sure where this old wives’ tale came from, but we’re here to debunk it.

Do braces hurt? The simple answer is no, braces do not hurt at all when they are applied to the teeth. This means there is no need to fear Orthodontic treatment and the “pain from braces”. There will be mild soreness or discomfort after the Orthodontic wires are activated. This braces pain can last for four to seven days.

At Align Ortho, we use the latest in technology, which helps clients deal with braces pain because there really isn’t any major pain!

Here’s what you can expect when it comes to getting your braces put on and the pain level associated.

Placement Day

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On the day that you get braces, you may be questioning if braces hurt or the pain that is associated with metal braces. You’re probably going to ask Dr. James Scramstad “do braces hurt when getting them on?” and Dr. Scramstad will answer “No there’s no major braces pain, but it will feel different than you’re used to.”

After your braces are placed, it will take you longer to eat meals because it takes time to adjust to wearing braces. Sometimes teeth will feel more sensitive than usual, but there shouldn’t be any braces pain. Remember there’s a difference between pain and soreness.


For the first few days, try to eat more liquid based foods to stop any pain from braces happening. We suggest foods like yogurt, mashed potatoes, mac and cheese, smoothies, soup, etc. Avoid the hard, more difficult to chew foods like steak, carrots and apples.

The First Few Days

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The first several days after placement, braces can be a little uncomfortable. It’s not actual pain from the braces, it’s simply your mouth getting used to these foreign things taking up space inside their space!

Your cheeks, teeth and tongue have to get to used to wires, elastics and metal. If you’re feeling the uncomfortable feeling, you can use Advil to help with braces pain or Orthodontic wax.

While it doesn't hurt to get braces on, Orthodontic wax placed on top of the braces creates a smooth surface and alleviates irritation on the inner cheeks and lips.

To learn How to deal with braces pain, check out our article “Do braces hurt? Here are 7 Ways to Stop Your Kid’s Pain

One Week After Placement

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After five days of having braces, your mouth should be comfortable with the new braces. Any initial discomfort associated with the braces should be gone by now. Certain foods may still be a challenge to eat, but normal eating should also be back to normal.

If you’re not sure what to eat and what to avoid, check out our article “How to Avoid Braces Embarrassment (Food Edition)

Check-Up Appointments

Like we said, it’s a myth that braces cause excruciating pain. Braces do not hurt to be put on, they don’t cause pain while they’re on and they’re easy to take off too. While you may feel mild discomfort, it’s important to know that it will alleviate.

Regular Orthodontic appointments are necessary for braces to have wires changes, tightened, elastics replaces and to make any needed adjustments to the braces.

Always have Orthodontic wax on hand as this will help with any “pain” from braces that occurs.

If you want to talk to Align Ortho about getting braces or how to deal with the pain associated with Orthodontic treatment (there isn’t any major pain!), contact us today. We’d be happy to answer any questions.

You may also want to download our free comparison chart of the different Orthodontic treatments. While metal braces are the most common type of Orthodontic treatment, we offer Invisalign, which is an invisible way to straighten teeth without metal braces.

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