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Braces Pain

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Wearing braces places steady pressure on your teeth. This, in turn, forces the ligaments connecting your teeth to the jaw bone to slowly shift, allowing your teeth to move into a correct alignment. Due to this shift, you may experience mild pain during adjustments. While the pain is not overwhelming, it helps to know what you can expect.

What Causes the Pain?

While the shift in your teeth due to the movement of your ligaments allows for your teeth to move, this is not necessarily the source of the braces pain. In fact, it is not completely understood as to what exactly the pain is you are sensing. However, it typically is connected with blood flow to your teeth. The body releases different proteins and delivers these to your teeth, treating the shift as an injury, which can cause inflammation.

How Painful Will it Be?

This question regarding braces pain cannot be directly answered. This is because everyone experiences braces differently. The pain one person feels likely will not be the same as yours. With that said, it is important for you to have access to some pain medication to help reduce this feeling, should it increase. The best way to do this is by using an over the counter pain medication such as Tylenol or Advil, ideally, take a combination of the two for optimal pain relief.

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