I don't know, except that maybe you take more notice of your teeth at night and therefore notice that they're sore, or maybe you have a busy day of talking and eating, and at night your mouth is at rest ... and then you feel it. That's a bit like when other parts of the body hurt, and we don't feel them till they're at rest. I've never had pain and rarely any discomfort, so I can't help, and we tell our patients the following -
Pain is rare, but if you feel pain, please phone us and tell us about it. Discomfort is often felt for a day or two, or maybe even a week or two. During that time, use wax generously to toughen your mouth. Keep well hydrated and rinse as many times as you can during the day, with warm salt water. Chewing may also help with discomfort, as it increases blood flow and helps with tooth movement. Only chew sugar free gum that has 'won't stick to most dental work' written on the package. ... ... ... our patients also get a book that's been written by our ortho's which has stuff they can refer to in.
We also give a short splurge about how people feel pain/discomfort differently and that while a tooth moving does not hurt most people, it can cause some discomfort to others. We ask them to tell us about any discomfort they've been having and we try and help them to find ways to deal with it, as orthodontic treatment should not be uncomfortable.
I really feel for you, nine months into treatment and still so aware you have braces. I can't imagine how frustrating that is, and I hope it gets better for you soon. I rarely remember I have braces, except when eating and then only vaguely. I guess the main time I remember mine, is before going to bed ... as I'm very careful about my nightly clean.
Maybe your mouth is sensitive to teeth moving and you will feel this. Fortunately for most people this doesn't happen, as I'm sure you realise that teeth do loads of moving during ortho treatment.
Have you asked your ortho why you feel so many aches? Even if you have, maybe bring it up again at your next adjustment
Your lowers are still relatively new ... maybe you're taking longer to adjust to them than you'd hoped and as soon as you do, you'll forget you have them ... I really hope so! :toast:
Good luck! :thumb: