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How painful is braces for children?

National Dental Centre Children’s Health Paediatric Dentistry Dental

I have had braces done when I was in my teens and I had quite a bad experience. It was painful and uncomfortable. Would my 11-year-old child be able to withstand the pain and discomfort?

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Hello Min, thanks for the D2D.

National Dental Centre Singapore

I am so sorry to hear about your bad experience. The level of discomfort varies for different children, depending on their pain threshold.

However, children are generally more adaptable compared to adults and they do not usually complain of much pain.

If the discomfort is unbearable, mild painkillers e.g. Panadol, may be prescribed.  In addition, the braces technology today is more advanced and discomfort is minimal.

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