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  Orth Update 2020; 13: 50-56

Orthodontics:  Orthodontic Pain

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Abstract: Pain is a common side-effect of orthodontic treatment. The aetiology of orthodontic pain, pain pathways and pain management will be described.

Clinical relevance: An understanding of the cause and subsequent management of orthodontic pain is essential for any orthodontist in order to improve patient co-operation and satisfaction with treatment.

Author notes: Sukhraj Grewal, BDS(Hons), DDS, MOrth RCS, FDS RCS, Locum Consultant Orthodontist, King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Lydia MJ Harris, BDS, MJD FRCS, Orthodontic Specialty Registrar, Eastman Dental Institute, University College London, Sirisha Ponduri, BDS, DDS, MOrth RCS, FDS RCS, Consultant Orthodontist, Portsmouth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Portsmouth, Hywel Naish, BSc, BDS, MFDS RCS(Ed), MOrth RCS(Ed), Specialist Practitioner, Cathedral Orthodontics, Cardiff, Pamela Ellis, BDS, MSc, MOrth RCS, FDS RCS, Consultant Orthodontist, Dorchester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Dorchester, Jonathan R Sandy, BDS, MSc, PhD(Lond), MOrth RCS, FDS RCS, FDS RCS(Ed), FFD RCS, Professor of Orthodontics and Dean of Health Sciences, University of Bristol and Anthony J Ireland, BDS, MSc, PhD(Lond), MOrth RCS, FDS RCS, Professor of Orthodontics, Bristol Dental School , University of Bristol, Bristol, UK.

Objective: To explain the cause of orthodontic pain, how the perception of pain is transmitted along well-defined pain pathways and the possible methods of orthodontic pain management.