Do Braces Hurt? The Ultimate Guide

Limestone Hills Orthodontics
November 13, 2023

Rodrigo F. Viecilli, DDS, PhD

Orthodontist Austin TX

Do Braces Hurt? How Much Do Braces hurt on a Scale 1-10? The Ultimate Guide.

Limestone Hills Orthodontics- Dr. Rodrigo F. Viecilli, DDS, PhD

Dr. Rodrigo F. Viecilli, DDS, PhD
Orthodontist Austin TX

Embrace our state-of-the-art orthodontics in the pursuit of your best smile at Limestone Hills with a top contender Dr for best orthodontist in Austin! Embarking on your first orthodontic treatment journey doesn’t have to be painful. Let’s dive into the subject to share helpful tips to make your orthodontics experience a breeze. So how much do braces hurt on a scale 1-10?

And for children and adults, although the latter are less used to discomfort so we tend to recommend more comfortable and aesthetic forms of treatment for this type of patient when possible.

So how much do braces hurt on a scale 1-10? Getting braces is a breeze, ranking at a mere 1 on the pain scale for I’d say 80% of people in Austin. Some patients are unusually sensitive to pain. The process might be unfamiliar, but it’s not deeply painful.

The gum inflammation (or mucosa) is normal from having braces. We urge our patients to resist the irritation before covering it with comfort wax we provide so keratinized tissue (calluses) can create a natural relief and comfort for the braces throughout treatment.

How to Get Pain Relief for Braces in Austin

Does it change depending on where you are? Colder climate patients tend to feel less pain as our latest alloys tend to soften with colder air. In Texas, you can compensate with cold water or a frozen cotton swab pushed with the finger on the wire, not gums.

Eating soft foods such as mashed potatoes and avoiding chewy or crunchy foods when a wire is first inserted will keep your appliances intact and accelerate your tooth movement by allowing the teeth to stay stable so new bone can form around them.

The alignment wires we use change their crystalline structure and material property and get softer when you eat colder foods! so, if you are having a hard time, have some ice cream, use an ice pack on your cheeks, or drink some cold water!

Limestone Hills Orthodontics- Dr. Rodrigo F. Viecilli, DDS, PhD

Some people believe in rinses with warm salt water but with think that’s old lady’s tale stuff. In Austin, cold water is the way to go.

No science behind it at all. Our treatment plan will also be optimized to allow for the longest amount of time between visits to allow a wire to work, and to avoid having you coming to our practice every month like orthodontia for the older generations used to imply.

Our technology is totally different and improved. Your orthodontic appointment frequency and mouth adjusts will be a lot lower than your parents!

Thanks to Dr. Viecilli’s research, and others, we nailed it to make sure you get the least amount of the discomfort and side effect with the most amount of tooth movement. No oral anesthetics are ever needed! Not even here in Austin where the hot weather makes the wires stiffer!

Our orthodontic team and Dr will provide you with all the tools to assure your experience will be the most comfortable possible. But remember, it will never be like you have nothing in your mouth.

You have to make sure to keep your teeth clean and gums inflammation under control to minimize pain both during treatment and braces removal.

If you don’t brush your teeth, you’ll pay the price with more pain throughout your treatment or have the risk to have it interrupted and you dismissed from our practice.

We even get the parents to brush their kids teeth to avoid that! Sometimes we need family effort (or even friends)! We don’t want any family to leave without their children with teeth straight and a loss of investment.

Having your braces tightened a couple of times can renew the inflammatory process, but usually for just a few teeth. The longer the treatment goes on, the less the level of discomfort for the patient.

How do we put orthodontic treatment appliances on?

Putting braces on your child your mouth is a simple and virtually painless process. They etch your teeth with a slightly acidic substance that may be a bit sour when washed off. This is to make the enamel more porous to attach brackets to your teeth using color-matched dental cement and thread thin wires through them.

Tightening braces with o-ties or metallic ligatures might cause some discomfort. Your orthodontist will adjust the wires to gradually shift your teeth into alignment. It’s like a little pressure, nothing to worry about. And if you need it, over-the-counter pain relief is available. We only recommend Tylenol- ask the Dr about dosage.

Limestone Hills Orthodontics- Dr. Rodrigo F. Viecilli, DDS, PhD

We Offer Self-ligating clear Braces that do not need elastic ligatures that stain! They have a metal door and stay clear!

Our self-ligating metal transparent braces that DO NOT STAIN! Most patients are frustrated that their o-ties get yellow during treatment with transparent braces but we spend 4x the cost to make sure you don’t have to come back to the office to change your o-ties if you take a turmeric shot or drink some wine.

Relax and we guarantee our ceramic Japanese high tech self-ligating brackets will keep the wire in place and reduce your dental visits while optimizing aesthetics.


We use Instruments that do not damage the teeth, and a black light that makes the glue fluoresce do we touch your teeth the least amount of time possible!

We use the latest scientific advances to make sure you are comfortable

When it’s time to say goodbye to your metal braces, the removal process is painless. A bit of mild discomfort might be felt, but overall, it’s a breeze. Your orthodontist will clean your teeth and possibly suggest a permanent retainer, to maintain your newly-aligned smile.

Braces Pain Relief and the Smartarch to Optimize Comfort During Treatment

If braces start causing discomfort, don’t worry! We have tips to ease the pain. Orthodontic wax provides a protective barrier, and pain medications can offer relief. Always consult your orthodontist for the best treatment options.

With braces, pain is no longer a concern. Get ready to embrace your journey to a confident smile! Learn more about the innovative SmartArch wire that can speed up your treatment time and require fewer adjustments.

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The Smartarch can reduce inflammation and stay with your mouth on it up to 4 months because it can replace up to 3 wire changes! it’s the most expensive archwire in the world but our office team offers it for free because he is one of the inventors. Each little area of the wire between the brackets has a different stiffness optimizing the force for each tooth! Amazing!

Does Invisalign Hurt as much as metal braces? About the same with smartarch

Does Invisalign Hurt as Much as Traditional Metal Braces?

The research shows that with conventional wires, Invisalign or clear aligners in general may actually hurt less and cause less side effects than braces. But the Smartarch is a game changer, and no research has been done comparing the two, but my personal opinion is that it’s a tie.

Radiant Smiles and Confident Journeys With Dr. Viecilli and Limestone Hills Orthodontics Treatment

Your comfort, well-being, and radiant smile are at the heart of what our orthodontist and our friendly staff deliver to your family or yourself (yes we also treat adults!).

Trust in our expertise, and get ready to unveil a confident, beaming you with a beautiful smile. Your dream smile awaits, and we’re here to make it reality. Contact us today for a free consultation! 

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