Many individuals who are about to undergo orthodontic treatment in Cypress, TX wonder whether getting braces hurts. In reality, the process of getting braces installed on teeth by an orthodontist is completely painless and relatively quick.
Before installing orthodontic brackets, the orthodontist will have already carefully put together a treatment plan and studied models to determine where to place each bracket. Your Cypress Orthodontist, Dr. Creed will create a template that is placed on the teeth, so that each bracket can be cemented at the exact position it’s supposed to go. Precise placement of braces is the key to a successful orthodontic treatment.
The entire process of cementing brackets and placing orthodontic wire will take around two hours. However, the procedure is completely painless and non invasive, so patient’s have to worry about experiencing any discomfort. The orthodontist will apply cement to the surface of each tooth, place the bracket and then cure the cement. The wire that will help the teeth move to their right position will then be installed. During the initial appointment, a light gauge of wire will be used, which allows the teeth, gums and bone to adjust over time.
As the teeth begin to move to their right position, some patients report experiencing some light pressure. However, this shouldn’t cause any noticeable pain or discomfort. Orthodontic treatments and their related technology has progressed significantly in the last decade, reducing possible inflammation caused by tooth movement.
During the first week of wearing braces, some patients will experience minor discomfort. This may feel like your cheeks and lips feel somewhat tender. However, Dr. Creed will supply you with a special wax that helps prevent this tenderness.
You may have to make some changes to the kinds of foods you eat, especially if you’re used to chewy and sticky foods. Your orthodontist will give you information on what kind of foods you should avoid during your treatment. You will also be given advice on how to take care of your braces, as well as how to brush and floss the right way. By following these instructions, you will help prevent any possible complications and ensure that your treatment will be successful.
Once you’ve been wearing your braces for around a week, you’ll forget that they’re there. If you have any questions about your treatment or are experiencing any discomfort, don’t hesitate to ask our office, as our goal is to help you get a healthy and beautiful smile.