How To Ease Orthodontic Pain

Having braces can result in beautiful and straight teeth, but there’s no denying that wearing braces can be uncomfortable. People with braces can experience particular discomfort each time your orthodontist makes adjustments to the metal band that extends across your teeth. Just keep in mind that each adjustment is a step towards straighter teeth. If your braces are adjusted you may feel some discomfort around your teeth and gums due to the brace wire being tightened to encourage your teeth to shift.

The pain is normal and temporary and will result in a gorgeous smile! But, the good news is there are a variety of effective ways to deal with this pain. Here are some suggestions.

Cold food & drinks

If your mouth feels sore after your braces are tightened and you want to ease the pain, try sucking on an ice cube, this inexpensive method can help you relieve the pain, but make sure you don’t chew it. Because if you do, it can cause damage to the gums, break the teeth and damage the enamel. Moreover, you can also try something cold like ice cream, smoothies or ice pops, but make sure you brush your teeth afterwards. The cold temperature will decrease swelling and inflammation while helping to relieve the pain.

Over-the-counter pain medication

One of the best ways to relieve pain is to take over the counter painkillers such as ibuprofen, naproxen or acetaminophen. They may provide you with relief from discomfort and swelling. Moreover, you can take this medication before your orthodontic appointment. Ask your dentist about the correct dosage and only take the medication if nothing else works.

Orthodontic wax

It is common for people with braces to feel irritation where metal rubs against their lips, gums or cheeks. You can ask your orthodontist for soft orthodontic wax. This wax can be applied to the metal to reduce the contact it has with the inside of your mouth and  prevent any discomfort or sores from developing.

Ice pack

A sore mouth is like many other injuries, applying a cold compress to the area of discomfort can be an effective way of combating pain. If you place an ice pack or a gel-ice pack outside your mouth, it can help to decrease inflammation and ultimately help to relieve the oral discomfort. You can also use frozen vegetables if you don’t have an ice pack.

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