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Are you wondering why your teeth are sore, tender, and sensitive after an adjustment appointment? If so, our orthodontist, Dr. , is more than happy to help you! The discomfort you feel is normal. In fact, it’s a good sign; it means the teeth are shifting and changing. To explain the reasons behind the discomfort, our orthodontic team is happy to share some information with you.

When your braces are adjusted at our office, our orthodontist applies new pressure to the teeth. This pressure creates an inflammatory response in the tooth roots. This occurs because the force pulls or pushes the tooth and cuts off the blood circulation to the tissues of the tooth. While this happens, lactic acid builds up around the tooth and creates a cramping feeling. Lactic acid is the same acid present when you have sore muscles.

Your body will adapt to the new pressure a couple days after the adjustment appointment. During this time, the jawbone dissolves and remodels itself, relieving the pressure, making you feel better, and holding the tooth in its new position. Depending on the severity of the crookedness your tooth, this process might repeat itself until all of the pressure from the braces has disappeared.

Now, if you can’t handle the discomfort, please take over-the-counter pain medication. The pain should subside in a day or two—even faster if you use your teeth often. When you eat, make sure you only have soft foods. Tough foods will only make the pain worse. Call Ortho*Dental, Inc. today at (505) 863-8100 if you have any questions or if you would like to know more about why your teeth hurt when you have braces in Gallup, New Mexico. Our orthodontic team is more than happy to help you!