Orthodontic Discomfort | Michael Durbin DDS MS Orthodontist

Orthodontic patients often experience some discomfort at some point in their treatment. The most common times that soreness will occur are after the separators are placed, after the braces are initially placed, and after an orthodontic adjustment. This discomfort is the result of the pressure applied to the teeth by the appliances in order to move the teeth. This soreness generally lasts for a day or two and can be alleviated by taking Tylenol or ibuprofen products, as necessary. Over the counter medications such as Anbesol or Kanka can also be used to temporarily relieve the soreness.

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