Human teeth can be successfully moved and aligned into desirable positions through a gradual mechanical process. The practice of orthodontics focuses entirely on the movement of teeth that are considered to be misaligned or crooked. For example, crowded teeth account for a classic case of a malocclusion. Traditional braces consist of small, metal brackets that are installed on teeth. These durable pieces are physically bonded to enamel by a special type of cement. A metallic arch wire also runs along the entire length of a row of teeth. The wire is supposed to exert constant tension, which translates into indirect pressure on the teeth and some of the surrounding structures. Done without any local anesthesia, the installation of braces rarely causes much discomfort. But does getting braces off hurt? Although everyone is different and a patient may feel certain sensations and tenderness along the gums and soft tissue, the vast majority of patients would say that the process doesn’t cause much discomfort.
Initial Phases of Orthodontic Treatment
Permanent teeth are bonded to the jaw bones by the alveolar process and periodontal membranes. Each tooth has a uniquely shaped socket that provides protection and support. The goal of orthodontic treatment is to gradually break down and force the regeneration of these important anatomical structures in the mouth. Braces can be manipulated in such ways that lead to horizontal or vertical movement of teeth. The sensations that are felt by orthodontic patients are usually caused by the manipulation of the tissue that links teeth with the mandible and maxilla. The sockets that encircle teeth are connected to sensitive nerves that respond to any pulls or pushes from external forces. However, these nerves are different from nerves that are activated when a tooth has a cavity or other type of structural problem with the enamel, root or pulp.
Depending on the specific treatment method, orthodontic patients may be advised to avoid eating hard food, such as certain nuts and types of candy. For example, a forceful bite on an apple may cause the brackets and other hardware to snap. Similarly, chewing on pencils and other similar items can loosen up braces and any supporting structures. Biting nails and sucking on thumbs could potentially lead to complications. As such, in order to avoid unnecessary discomfort during orthodontic treatment, it is important to follow our team’s instructions.
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So, does getting braces off hurt? Our orthodontist and his team at Runnels Orthodontics can answer this and any other questions you may have during an initial appointment at our office in Destin or Panama City Beach. We happily serve families in the Fort Walton Beach, Niceville, Freeport, Miramar Beach, Santa Rosa Beach, Seaside, Rosemary Beach, Panama City, and surrounding areas. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and get started!