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If you’re wondering why your teeth hurt after an orthodontic adjustment, you’re not alone. Many people think that. The discomfort you feel is to be expected and it’s a good sign. It means your teeth are moving. To explain a little bit more about the reasons behind the pain, our orthodontist, Dr. Joshua Knowles, is happy to share some information with you.

When you adjust your braces, a new pressure is applied to the teeth. This makes the roots of the teeth swell. The pressure pushes and pulls the teeth and cuts off the blood flow to the surrounding tissues of the teeth. During this process, lactic acid, which is the acid present when you have sore muscles, builds up around the teeth and creates a “Charlie horse” next to the teeth.

Your body will adapt to the new pressure one to two days after the adjustment appointment. This is because the jawbone dissolves where there is pressure. This remodels the bone and relieves the pressure, makes you feel better, and holds the tooth in its new position. Depending on the severity of your tooth misalignment, this process might be repeated until all of the pressure from the braces is gone.

Do you have questions about why your teeth hurt when you have braces in Temple, Texas? If so, please reach out to our orthodontic team at Smile at the World Orthodontics at your earliest convenience. All you need to do is dial 254-773-8028 and we will be thrilled to help you!