When patients come to specialist dental practice on London’s Harley Street seeking a solution for their misaligned teeth, they often express concerns about certain aspects of the treatment. While they look forward to smiling without feeling self-conscious and know that keeping crooked teeth truly clean is a hard task, they are daunted by the idea of braces.
For all the good that brackets and braces have done for numerous people over the years, they still have a reputation for being ugly, restrictive and uncomfortable. Materials and techniques, however, have moved on considerably and people now have the option of discreet natural shade ceramic brackets or clear aligners that are barely noticeable.
What should I expect to feel when my braces are put on?
The procedure to fit your dental braces usually takes between one and two hours, during which you won’t feel any pain at all. You may experience some discomfort around your teeth and gums afterwards; most patients report this to be an annoying rather than painful sensation.
Can I do anything to alleviate the discomfort?
Before you embark on your treatment at our central London specialist dental practice, our orthodontist Jamie Gwilliam will talk you through every aspect of the procedure, encouraging you to ask many questions so that you embark on it fully informed.
Furthermore, you will be given practical tips on adjusting to your dental braces. The advice includes eating only soft foods in the first few days, avoiding drinks that contain a high level of acid, and keeping the discomfort at bay with a painkiller such as paracetamol.
A period of adjustment is perfectly normal when braces are fitted; many patients report that it took them about a month to get used to their dental braces but it is rare for pain to be mentioned.