Do braces or spacers hurt more?

I just got spacers yesterday (4 on top, 2 on bottom) and they didn't hurt at all yesterday. But today they killed and they still do hurt. I'm getting my braces on Monday. So what hurts more? And, how long will my braces hurt for? I'm getting them on the top and bottom.

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I had braces for almost 2.5 years and I'd say my braces hurt more than my spacers. It's about the same level of pain but it was just all over my mouth instead of just in the back teeth. I'm sure everyone is different, but for me braces hurt the most only a few days each month, right after each orthodontist appointment when they were changed. Same as you experienced, the first day isn't too bad but the 2nd, 3rd, 4th days I was sore. I remember taking a lot of Advil :-) The pain is really more annoying than anything though, made me not want to eat as much. Anyway, hope that is helpful. Good luck with your braces!


Spacers are like 1/10 for pain and braces are a 8/10 for pain for the first week and everytime you get a new wire.


Hello..Ok..Spacers are only designed to maintain a specific space and any discomfort you feel cannot be associated with braces. Braces are designed to actually move teeth inside the gum bone and while that will cause some discomfort it will not be something you can't tolerate and it will only last a short time...Each time you go back to have the braces adjusted you will have a slight bit of discomfort for a couple of days..Remember your moving teeth inside the gum bone and that can create a small amount of discomfort...In the end you will be very glad you went through the procedure...Just follow your doctors instructions and all will go well. Good luck I I wish you well.

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Spacers hurt way more trust me. Your braces will only hurt when you first get them on and the day after you tighten them. I had both and I couldn't even eat with spacers but braces didn't hurt


Spacers and Braces have similar pain, but braces are on every tooth. Braces will hurt more, but the pain should go away in about a week. That's what happened to me.