Will getting clear braces hurt?

Getting clear braces should not hurt. If you get ceramic or plastic brackets bonded to your teeth, the wires may need adjusting. As they are tightened, your teeth may feel sore for a period of time. The wires may also rub against the inside of your mouth, causing some temporary discomfort.

If you wear clear plastic aligners that are removable, your mouth may also feel sore as you gradually become accustomed to wearing the appliance.
Gregory J. Jorgensen, DMD
Orthodontics & Dentofacial Orthopedics
Teeth move when pressure is placed upon them. It doesn't matter if that pressure comes from metal braces, clear braces, aligners, or even fingers in the mouth. The process of moving a tooth induces inflammation around the tooth. That is what causes the discomfort associated with getting your braces "tightened." Clear braces must put preasure on your teeth if they are going to move, so YES your teeth will get a little uncomfortable. Luckily it only lasts for a day or two.

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