When you get your braces adjusted, your teeth feel sore and tender. This is to be expected. In fact, it’s a good sign because it proves that the teeth are moving. However, that doesn’t make it any more inconvenient. To help you understand why your teeth hurt after an adjustment appointment, our orthodontist, Dr. E. Glenn Glassman, would like to tell you why.
When your braces are adjusted, new pressure is applied to the teeth. This pressure creates an inflammatory response in the roots of the teeth. This is because the force pushes or pulls the tooth and cuts off blood flow to the surrounding tissues. While this is happening, lactic acid (which is the same acid present when you have sore muscles) builds up around the tooth and creates a cramping feeling.
Your teeth adapt to the pressure about 24 to 48 hours after your adjustment appointment. Your smile adapts by dissolving the bone in the area and relieving the pressure. This makes you feel better and moves the tooth to a different position. This process might repeat multiple times depending on the severity of the tooth misalignment and the amount of pressure applied. Once the pressure is all used, the tooth will adjust and relax where it lies.
Now remember: You can relieve the discomfort by taking over-the-counter pain killers and frequently using your teeth. If you have any questions or if you would like to know more about why your teeth hurt when you have braces in St. Louis, Missouri, please reach out to Orthocare Systems Orthodontics at 314-739-8888. Our orthodontic team looks forward to helping you!