PUBLISHED IN TCI WEEKLY NEWS
June 20th 2013
I am often asked by patients considering starting orthodontic treatment if it is painful.
For orthodontic treatment to work a force is applied to a tooth in order to move the tooth; the bone around the tooth has to remodel and reform as the tooth moves for the correct attachment of tooth to bone to be maintained. There is a maximum amount of force that can be applied to a tooth and a maximum speed of movement that can be used for a tooth to remain healthy. When these parameters are adhered to, any discomfort or pain should be fairly minimal and not long lasting.