One of the fears of many of the patients before undergoing orthodontic treatment is whether it will be painful or too annoying. Most of you know a friend or relative who has undergone orthodontic treatment and has told us that the first few weeks have been annoying and painful. But really, is it always like this? What does it matter if an orthodontic treatment hurts?
When we move a tooth with orthodontics, an inflammation reaction occurs in all cases that can sometimes be associated with discomfort and pain.
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We can not say that whenever we start an orthodontic treatment it is always associated with the terrible discomforts. Many people do not feel any pain and their treatment starts are really comfortable. If this pain appears, it is determined by several factors:
1.Individual limit or threshold of pain:
Each person has a pain threshold totally different from that of another person. On many occasions this is what determines that we may feel pain when we start our treatment. Never two people will feel the same discomfort when they start the treatment.
2. Orthodontic technique used
It is one of the factors that most influence the comfort of the patient. The latest and most innovative techniques of self-ligating brackets or low friction as the “Damon system” that we use in our consultations, are the techniques that cause less discomfort to patients since the force applied to move a tooth is about 10,000 times lower than that used with conventional orthodontics. This translates into many less discomforts for the patient. Also the techniques of invisible orthodontics can be less annoying for 2 reasons:
a) We use controlled movement and force:
We only move 0.25 mm / tooth every time we change the aligners, which means that the possible discomfort disappear completely within a few hours of placing each aligner, becoming totally imperceptible.
b) They do not use metal, nor elements adhered in the teeth: What is translated in a lesser appearance of sores and chafing.
3. The experience of the professional:
Without a doubt, this is the most important thing. It is the professional who has to determine the level of pressure or force that must be exercised in each treatment so that the discomfort is as small as possible. In addition, it is very important to have constant communication with the patient. Listening to him will give us very valuable information to adjust the speed of movement according to the degree of tolerance.
An adequate work protocol is always to start the treatments with light forces so that the beginning of the treatment is as comfortable as possible and allow the oral tissues to have the correct adaptation. Subsequently, adjust the strength and speed according to the individual tolerance of each patient. What we pursue with this in the end are more comfortable treatments and little or nothing painful that make it easier for people to lead a totally normal life throughout the treatment.
By correctly handling the new techniques available to us, and adjusting the speed and pressure individually to each person, we will have orthodontic treatments with minimal discomfort and thus improve the quality of life and comfort of our patients during orthodontic treatment.
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