Recommendations for reducing braces pain
Posted on: July 13, 2017
While the decision to invest in braces is an important one as it leads to a beautiful smile, however along the way you might face some very uncomfortable times which might make you regret your decision. This usually happens when you get your braces wire fixed. Thorough out the treatment you will be asked to visit your dentist every four to six weeks to ensure everything is working properly. During these visits the dentist will fix your braces which include tightening or bending the wires. However, braces pain is temporary and can be healed quickly. This blog talks about different ways which can give immediate relief.
- Ice pack or cold food: ice helps relieve the pain like in other parts of the body. Try putting an icepack on the area which feels sore or have some cold foods like ice cream so that it can help reduce the pain and swelling
- Gargle with salt water: you might get sores on your cheeks and gums just after you put your braces. Swishing some salt water in your mouth for a few seconds can help alleviate the soreness and reduce irritation
- Softer foods: as a result of tightening the wires your teeth and gums usually become sensitive making it difficult to eat certain foods. It is better to avoid hard and crispy foods like fresh vegetables and chips and rather have softer foods like smoothies, rice, mashed potatoes etc. when the pain goes away you can return back to your normal eating habits
- Massage your gums: just like massaging eases muscle pain you should also massage your gums with your fingers to help relax the tissues.
- Frozen teething rings: while you may have heard only babies using these they can come in handy when it comes to dealing with braces pain.
- Orthodontic wax: if you feel irritation on your cheeks or lips the orthodontic wax can be very helpful. It is applied to the metal inside the mouth
- Local anesthetic: if there is pain in specific areas of your mouth then you should try a local anesthetic. These are over the counter gels which can be applied to the area which hurts to numb it
- Heating pad: if there is persistent pain in or around the jaw you can use a heating pad to sooth it
- Over the counter pain killers: these are the last option when all the other methods mentioned above do not seem to work.