Before attaching an orthodontic appliance, whether conventional or lingual, patients ask questions. Among the questions frequently asked are those related to the pain and discomfort caused by the placement of the attachments in the mouth.
Does the placement of lingual braces hurt?
As with vestibular braces, the placement of the brackets on the inner surface of the teeth is not painful.
Nevertheless, due to its internal positioning, the invisiblebraces can generate some discomfort. A feeling of discomfort, especially during the first few days of insertion, especially when chewing or when the teeth are clenched.
What happens after the lingual braces are placed?
An adjustment period is necessary after the placement of lingual braces. It usually lasts a few weeks, for some people one week is enough, but for others, six weeks. During this period of transitional adaptation, the mouth and tongue become accustomed to the presence of attachments.
Some patients experience irritation due to the presence ofinvisible braces, which results in a feeling of tightness in the mouth with the appearance of some discomfort in speech.
In addition to these discomforts, some people experience tooth sensitivity and excessive saliva secretion.
However, it should be taken into account that the sensation of discomfort is relative. It depends strongly on the sensitivity threshold of each person.
Once the adaptation period is over, the lingual orthodontic treatment continues without pain or discomfort except for some discomfort after each change in the lingual braces.
What are the solutions to the discomfort of lingual braces?
Lingual discomfort may be moderate. During the placement of the lingual braces, the specialist provides the patient with silicone protection sticks or orthodontic wax. They are also available in pharmacies, in case the irritation persists for some time.
Cover the brackets of your lingual braces with a ball of wax. It’s as simple as that! Don’t worry if you ingest it. It is not prohibited for health. However, if you experience persistent pain. Eventually, you can take painkillers.