FAQs: Soreness And Swelling

When you receive orthodontic treatment for your smile, what you look forward to is a straight smile. What you don’t look forward to but are willing to deal with, of course, is the fact that you’ll need to remain very detail oriented when it comes to following care instructions to ensure you remain comfortable and you keep your smile healthy (while your treatment progresses appropriately). So, what to do if you notice soreness or swelling? Are these problems or just par for the course? Let us offer explanations to frequently asked questions.


Question: Is it normal for my smile to feel sore when I start orthodontic treatment?

Answer: Initial soreness is absolutely normal. Remember that we are actually requiring your teeth to move! Even though we rely on low-force technology for the most comfortable and safest process possible, it can still feel just a little uncomfortable at the get-go. Don’t worry, this will go away fast and is easy to treat with home remedies.

Question: What about swelling? Is it normal for my gums to become swollen as the result of orthodontic treatment?

Answer: When you notice inflamed gum tissue that remains that way, it’s important to note that this is not normal. Initial irritation is to be expected in many cases but long-term inflammation generally points to gingivitis. Since it can be difficult to keep your smile clean (particularly when wearing brackets), it’s essential to contact us immediately if swelling occurs.

Question: How do I know if I’m overreacting to something or if I should come see you?

Answer: Since getting orthodontic treatment is a pretty big deal and something you probably haven’t experienced before, we suggest you contact us if something doesn’t seem right. We’d rather treat a problem immediately!

Call Us ASAP If Anything Changes

If you notice soreness that doesn’t go away, swelling, or anything else unusual, call us sooner than later! Chances are good there’s a simple solution. We invite you to schedule an appointment with your Katy, TX dentist at Lathrop Dental Center by calling 832-437-3849. We proudly welcome patients and families from Katy, Fulshear, Weston Lakes, Simonton, Richmond, Rosenberg, Brookshire, Wallis, Orchard, Cypress, Sealy, Columbus, and all surrounding communities.

Ready to fall in love with your smile, but not sure where to start? Send us a photo or a question of your smile, and Dr. Lathrop will respond!