Sensitivity is a major concern for people considering orthodontic treatment. Some people avoid treatment because of their fear of the discomfort. The truth is that pain is very subjective and will vary depending on the depth and breadth of your orthodontic treatment.
There are some sources of discomfort in the orthodontic process, including:
- Spacers between the teeth
- Adjustment of the archwire
- Force exerted by the combination of brackets and wires
Many studies and anecdotal evidence suggest that fixed appliances (like metal braces) tend to be more pain-inducing than removable appliances like Invisalign. Other studies say the opposite. Everyone’s experience of pain and discomfort varies slightly.
Realistically, you will most likely experience some discomfort from orthodontic treatment. Many Invisalign patients report the greatest discomfort during the first few days after wearing a new aligner, after which time the discomfort lessens.
The overwhelming majority of patients find that the temporary discomfort is well worth the results of straight teeth and an aligned bite. Both the aesthetic and functional benefits of orthodontic treatment will outlast any discomfort you may experience.
To learn more about orthodontic treatment available to patients living in McLean and the surrounding Northern Virginia areas, please contact the experienced dentists at Galleria Dental Aesthetics to schedule a consultation.