Fitting an orthodontic plate or braces is painless with no numbing of teeth or gums necessary. Braces and many types of plates are simply stuck to the teeth so the fitting appointment is more boring than painful – so bring your music to listen to or we have TV for you to watch.
People have different reactions to the feeling of orthodontic pressure on their teeth. About half a day after starting treatment you are likely to notice a feeling of “bruising” of your teeth, particularly when eating, which starts improving after day two and lasts for usually between three and five days for most people. If you take whatever you would normally take for a mild headache, two to three hours after your visit, and if necessary, for up to a couple of days, you are likely to find this tenderness more comfortable.