Dental Phobia

Do Braces Hurt?

Are you considering braces but worried about the pain associated with them? Or maybe you’re already undergoing orthodontic treatment and looking for ways to manage discomfort. Either way, it’s important to remember you’re not alone.    

Many people have concerns about braces pain, but with the right orthodontic treatment and compassionate guidance and support, your journey to a perfect smile can be both comfortable and rewarding. In this blog, we’ll explore some common concerns about braces pain, expert tips for pain management, and reveal our most popular comfortable orthodontic treatments in Essex.  

Let’s address the big question first: do braces hurt? The truth is that for some, braces can cause discomfort, especially in the initial stages of treatment and after adjustments. You may experience soreness, pressure on your teeth, and irritation of the soft tissues in your mouth. However, braces discomfort is temporary and highly manageable.  

How Long Do Braces Hurt? 

How long braces hurt varies from person to person and can depend on factors like the complexity of your orthodontic treatment and your individual pain tolerance. In general, you can expect discomfort for a few days following the braces being put on and for a few days following each adjustment as your teeth adjust to the new pressure.  

What to Do If You’re Experiencing Pain from Braces  

If you have braces or are considering getting braces, it’s essential to know what to do should you experience any pain. Here are the top tips from our Essex dentist on what to do if you’re experiencing braces pain: 

  1. Use Orthodontic Wax 

Orthodontic wax is a specially designed wax made to alleviate pain caused by the wires of the braces rubbing against the inside of your mouth. Apply the wax to any areas of your braces that are causing irritation, such as the brackets, wires, or bands.  

  1. Adopt a Soft Food Diet  

When you’re experiencing braces pain, eating hard or crunchy foods can worsen your discomfort. Choose soft, easy-to-chew foods like yoghurt, smoothies, and mashed potatoes, that won’t put additional pressure on your teeth and braces. 

  1. Stay Hydrated and Rinse with Saltwater  

Drink plenty of water throughout the day to stay hydrated and keep your mouth moist. This can help reduce discomfort associated with dry mouth and braces. Additionally, rinsing your mouth with warm saltwater can soothe sore gums and oral tissues, reducing inflammation and promoting healing.  

  1. Don’t Overlook Over-the-Counter Pain Relief 

Over-the-counter pain relievers like Ibuprofen and Paracetamol can effectively alleviate braces pain and reduce inflammation. Be sure to follow the recommended dosage instructions and remember that pain relievers provide temporary braces pain relief and should not be used as a long-term solution.  

Perfect Smile Spa’s Comfortable Orthodontic Treatments  

Here at Perfect Smile Spa, we understand the frustration that comes with braces pain. That’s why our dentists in Hornchurch offer a range of orthodontic treatments that are designed to help you achieve the smile of your dreams without sacrificing comfort or aesthetics.  

Our most popular comfortable orthodontic treatments include: 

Adult Braces 

Our adult braces in Essex offer a range of effective solutions for correcting misaligned teeth and achieving a straighter smile regardless of age. Our experienced orthodontists will work with you to create a treatment plan that delivers nothing less than your desired results.  

Clear Braces  

An ideal choice for those who want to straighten their teeth without drawing attention to their treatment, our Essex clear braces provide a discreet alternative to traditional metal braces. These braces are made from transparent materials that blend seamlessly with your natural tooth color, allowing you to smile with confidence throughout your treatment. 


Invisalign is a revolutionary orthodontic treatment that uses a series of clear, removable aligners to gradually straighten your teeth without the need for traditional braces. At Perfect Smile Spa, we’re proud to offer Invisalign in Essex as a comfortable and convenient alternative to traditional orthodontic treatment. 

Our orthodontic treatments don’t just stop there. We also offer Smilelign, Iman Aligner, Fast Braces, and Six Month Smiles – all designed to offer a comfortable and enjoyable orthodontics experience. Get in touch with our expert dental team to discover which of our comfortable orthodontic treatments is the right match for you and your smile.  

Experience Comfortable Orthodontic Care with Perfect Smile Spa  

Braces pain doesn’t have to be a barrier to achieving the smile you’ve always wanted. With expert insights, practical tips for pain management, and our comfortable orthodontic treatments available with our professional Essex dentist team, you can embark on your orthodontic journey with confidence. 

Book your FREE consultation with us today and take the first step towards a beautiful, healthy smile. Your comfort is our priority – always.