Tooth sensitivity can be an enormous concern for anyone thinking about braces. Braces put pressure on the teeth and gums — which may add to any pain or existing sensitivity— but they have to in order to effectively shift the teeth and obtain a perfect smile.
Now, the good news: the tooth sensitivity is not permanent as soon teeth and gums adjust to the braces. Braces are no longer the bane of dental life that they once were thought to be. In fact, regarding tooth sensitivity, braces can be helpfull in alleviating discomfort. Imperfections like tooth overcrowding, crooked teeth, and overbites often can lead to tooth sensitivity. Happily, many patients notice significant improvement over time by correcting these issues with orthodontic treatments like Invisalign® or traditional braces. For this reason, having braces might work out to be the best long term solution for tooth sensitivity.
Why Are My Teeth So Sensitive?
Sensitive teeth are typically the result of worn tooth enamel or exposed tooth roots. Sometimes, however, tooth discomfort is caused by other factors, such as a cavity, a cracked or chipped tooth, a worn filling, or gum disease.
What Are The Causes of Tooth Sensitivity?
There are no at-risk groups for tooth sensitivity. It can happen to anyone. The most common symptom is a sudden, sharp flash of pain when teeth are exposed to air, cold, sweet, acidic or hot foods. Some people may experience tooth sensitivity from brushing or flossing their teeth.
In healthy teeth, enamel protects the underlying layer of dentin, which is softer than enamel. The tooth roots are protected by gums. But if the enamel is worn down or if the gum line has receded, then the dentin becomes exposed. Brushing too hard or brushing with a toothbrush with hard bristles can wear away at the enamel which protects teeth.
Sensitive Teeth Treatments
Sensitivity pain is not something anyone should have to live with. Fortunately, there are many treatment options available that can help relieve the issue. Since 80% of sensitivity starts at the gum line, it’s crucial to brush with a toothpaste that’s good for your gums and a toothbrush or brush head with softer bristles to avoid damaging the gums. Ask us for specific recommendations to treat your sensitive teeth. Regarding tooth sensitivity and braces, some types of braces may be more comfortable than others.
The Invisalign® Alternative
Invisalign® is a great alternative for people who suffer extreme tooth sensitivity. It is a removable system that uses a series of medical-grade plastic aligners to gradually shift the teeth over time. Because there is less opportunity for mouth irritation and the development of bacteria that can often occur through exposure to the metal wires, brackets, and bands of traditional braces, Invisalign® patients are able to maintain much better tooth hygiene. This ultimately reduces the likelihood of tooth sensitivity caused by braces.
If you have been putting off getting braces because your teeth are sensitive, don’t! Your teeth will become stronger and less prone to sensitivity by fixing your orthodontic issues now—which braces do--and give you one more reason to show off your beautiful new smile. To learn more about braces in general and Invisalign® in particular contact the dental experts at Forest & Ray. We are equipped and ready to answer any questions and allay your fears about orthodontic procedures. Contact us today!