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How to alleviate orthodontic brace pain

Your child’s decision to get braces is an important one — and one that will yield beautiful results when treatment is completed. That’s not to say, however, that wearing braces won’t be uncomfortable at times, especially after having the wires adjusted.

Frequent follow-up visits with the orthodontist, usually every four to six weeks, are necessary to monitor progress and adjust wires to ensure that the teeth are moving toward their final, target positions.

During these visits, the orthodontist may tighten, bend or replace the thin, metal archwire that runs from bracket to bracket. The elastic ties that hold the brackets on the arch wires may also be replaced. The added pressure on the teeth and gums from the tightened wires is what causes discomfort and irritation to occur.

What to Expect

Following an adjustment appointment, it’s not uncommon for a patient to experience inflammation, mild bleeding or tooth sensitivity. The level of discomfort will vary for each patient and could last anywhere from a few hours to a few days.

While wearing braces can cause mild discomfort, the pain is normal and only temporary. The good news is that there are many simple ways to help ease the pain. Here are a few ways to manage pain and discomfort caused by braces. Learn more about what to expect.

Tips to Reduce Braces Pain

USE ICE PACKS.
Ice works the same for your aching mouth as it does for other injured parts of your body. If your newly tightened braces are causing soreness in your mouth, apply a cold ice pack to the area of discomfort. Ice decreases inflammation and swelling to help reduce pain.

REACH FOR COLD FOODS AND DRINKS.
Similar to ice packs, popsicles and ice cream not only taste delicious, but can help ease pain by numbing your mouth and reducing inflammation. Always brush after eating any sugary treats to prevent decay. You can also simply suck on an ice cube or sip iced water for relief.

SWISH WITH SALT WATER.

Sometimes sores can develop along the gums and cheeks as they adapt to tightened wires. Swishing for one minute with a warm salt-water solution will help reduce infection and alleviate soreness caused by irritation from the braces.

APPLY ORTHODONTIC WAX.

Some patients experience irritation on the inner cheeks, lips and gums when wearing braces. To prevent and alleviate pain caused by metal wires and brackets, your orthodontist can provide soft, orthodontic wax that is applied over the braces as needed.

MODIFY YOUR DIET.

When you have your braces tightened, your teeth and gums may be sensitive, which makes eating food painful. For this reason, it is best to avoid hard, crunchy foods such as chips and raw vegetables. Instead, choose soft foods and liquids, like mashed potatoes, soups, smoothies and yogurt, which don’t require a lot of chewing. Once your teeth have adjusted and pain has subsided, you will be able to resume normal eating habits as usual.

TAKE AN OVER-THE-COUNTER PAIN RELIEVER.

Pain that cannot be relieved with the above measures may benefit from over-the-counter pain medications, like acetaminophen or ibuprofen, which help alleviate pain and reduce inflammation. Patients should always check with their doctor first, and follow the instructions for dosage.

Oral anesthetics, like Orajel, can also be applied directly to the teeth and gums with a cotton swab or finger if pain is present. Orajel comes in gel form and helps desensitize the specific area in your mouth that is hurting as a result of your shifting teeth. This method of pain relief is especially helpful at bedtime when you are trying to rest.

TAKE TIME TO ADJUST.

Lastly, remember that discomfort caused by braces will eventually resolve as your teeth adapt to the new braces and newly adjusted braces. While not pleasant, the discomfort you are experiencing is normal as your teeth shift toward their final, optimal position. You may experience mild pain for a few days, but the end result will be well worth it — a beautiful, perfectly aligned smile.

Parents should also encourage their child to continue practicing excellent oral hygiene, even through discomfort, as it is especially important to keep teeth and gums clean while wearing braces.

The End Result- Making It Through Braces Pain

Braces are one of the most effective ways to improve the appearance and functionality of teeth. While wearing braces can be painful, it doesn’t have to be unbearable. For additional methods on how to relieve braces pain, talk your child’s orthodontist.

It’s not unusual for kids and teens to experience mild discomfort while wearing braces, but with these simple tips, parents can help manage the pain so that their children can be on their way to healthier, more beautiful smiles in no time.

We are here to help you through this process. Contact Burrow & Welchel Orthodontics today with any questions you may have about these tips. Give us a call at (704) 334-7202 or send us a message.

Dr. Sam Burrow D.D.S., D.M.D. – Dr. Burrow was born in Charlotte and moved to Charleston to obtain a Bachelors of Science in Biology at the College of Charleston. He graduated magna cum laude and as a member of Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society, and then stayed to earn a D.M.D. with honors at the Medical University of South Carolina. Dr. Burrow completed his orthodontic residency at University of Detroit Mercy in Michigan and is now in practice with his father at Burrow Orthodontics in the Charlotte area.

One of the main questions we get at Fry Orthodontics is, “Do Braces Hurt?” We are here to ease your fear and let you know that braces are nothing to be scared of! You may feel some mild discomfort and soreness while your mouth is adjusting the first few days, but nothing extreme. Two Types […]

How to alleviate orthodontic brace pain

One of the main questions we get at Fry Orthodontics is, “Do Braces Hurt?” We are here to ease your fear and let you know that braces are nothing to be scared of! You may feel some mild discomfort and soreness while your mouth is adjusting the first few days, but nothing extreme.

Two Types of Discomfort Caused by Braces

Tooth Soreness

Having minor tooth soreness is typical the first few days after getting braces put on. Many patients describe this as a “tight” feeling. Here are a few ways to alleviate discomfort while your teeth adjust to your new braces:

  1. Eat soft foods. This discomfort is like a bruise. If you eat hard foods, you are not giving the area time to heal before using it again. When you eat soft food, you are not putting as much pressure on the area, which will allow the area to heal quicker.
  2. Take Tylenol. Tylenol is an over the counter pain reliever. This can help dull the pain that is occurring due to the braces.
  3. Drink/eat something cold. The first couple sets of wires that are used are activated at body temperature. If you drink or eat something cold, then you will have less tightness due to the wires not actively pushing on your teeth.

Tongue/Cheek Irritation

The second type of discomfort you may feel after getting braces put on are some sores from wire or bracket irritation. This is a normal occurrence the first week after getting braces put on. When this happens:

  1. Try using wax. Wax is given to you at your first appointment at Fry Orthodontics and we provide this to you as often as you need it. When there is a wire or bracket rubbing on your cheek or tongue, roll a piece of wax between your fingers and place it the sore area. This will allow the area to heal so a sore does not form.
  2. Use canker-x. This is a gel that is provided to you at your first appointment. To use this, place a small amount on a cotton swab and rub it on the area that is causing you discomfort. Canker-x has some numbing tendencies, so it will help alleviate the sore.
  3. Let it run its course. After a few days of allowing your braces to work, eventually your cheeks and lips will toughen up to the braces. Once this happens, the feeling of rubbing or sores forming will decrease significantly.

Keep in mind that this soreness will not last forever. Getting braces put on is an exciting time and pain is nothing to fear! Follow the tips we listed above on how to alleviate some of this mild discomfort and after a few weeks you won’t even notice you have them on.

To receive a free consultation for braces or Invisalign at Fry Orthodontics, click here. Now offering video exam appointments that can be done from the comfort of your own home!

It can be a challenge going through the discomforts of orthodontic treatments. To provide assistance, here are 3 tips on how to alleviate pain from dental braces:

Oral Anesthetic
Orajel and Anbesol are a few pain relievers that can be applied directly to your teeth and gums. Use a cotton swab or your finger to apply the numbing gel to the areas of discomfort. The gel may not taste fantastic, but it does help to desensitize the mouth and decrease the pain of shifting teeth. Source: Acceledent

Over-the-Counter Pain Relievers
Take an over-the-counter pain reliever. Pain relievers such as acetaminophen (Tylenol) can offer some relief from the discomfort of braces. Take a dose of acetaminophen (usually two tablets) every four hours. Be sure to eat food with this medication, as it can cause an upset stomach if taken by itself. Drink a full glass of water to wash it down.

  • Follow the instructions on the label to ensure proper dosage
  • You can also take ibuprofen (Advil) instead of Tylenol, although some dentists and orthodontists discourage ibuprofen because it can slow down the process of your teeth moving. At the very least, do not take both kinds of medication – choose one! Source:wikiHow

Having Loose Brackets and Wires Fixed or Adjusted
A more common source of braces pain comes from the metal pieces that can poke gums and rub against the inside of your mouth. According to KidsHealth.org, wires and brackets can sometimes come lose and sit uncomfortably in your mouth; not only is this painful, but it affects the course of braces treatment. Go to your orthodontist to have this problem fixed. The wires can also sometimes be too long at the back of your mouth and poke your gums painfully. If this happens, go to the orthodontist and have them trim the wire, see if you can bend it slightly yourself, or put dental wax over the tip to smooth out the sharp end. Brackets, rubber band hooks and wires can also just rub against your mouth uncomfortably and cause sores. If this happens, cover the offending bracket with dental wax, or put a topical pain reliever such as Anbesol over the sore. Source: LiveStrong

Although you may experience pain from your dental braces, any discomfort will be worth it in the end when you have your braces removed and you’re left with a perfectly aligned smile! If you want to know more about orthodontic treatments, please give us a call or contact us here.

Contact:
Lakewood Orthodontics
721 NE Lakewood Blvd
Lee’s Summit, MO 64064
(816) 373-0300

Kodayake takalmin gyaran kafa ba yana nufin haifar da ciwo ba, suna iya haifar da rashin jin daɗi har sai kun saba dasu. Wannan yawanci yakan fi muni lokacin da aka sanya takalmin gyaran kafa ko kuma bayan an matsa su. Idan kun damu da jin zafi daga takalmin gyaran kafa ko kuna jin zafi daga takalmin gyaran kafa, karantawa don gano yadda za ku rage wannan ciwon.

Maganin Ciwo

Maganin raɗaɗi hanya ce mai kyau don rage ciwon takalmin gyaran kafa. Duk abin da ke kan kanti zai iya taimakawa, kamar ibuprofen ko Tylenol. Idan ana so a danne takalmin gyaran kafa kuma ka san yana haifar da rashin jin daɗi a cikin bakinka, za ka iya fara shan maganin da ake kashewa a cikin ‘yan sa’o’i kafin ka ga likitan hakori ko likitan likitancin ka.

Idan ba ku da tabbacin wane magani ne ya fi kyau, yi magana da mai harhada magunguna. Ɗauki duk magunguna kamar yadda aka faɗa akan fakitin. Idan takalmin gyaran kafa naka yana haifar da ciwo mai tsanani bayan an haɗa su ko danne, tabbatar da tuntuɓar likitan haƙori kai tsaye.

Orthodontic Wax

Idan kana da takalmin gyaran ƙarfe na gargajiya, wani lokaci za ka iya jin haushi a cikin baki, wanda ke haifar da kaifi. Wannan yana iya haifar da yanke a cikin bakinka. Idan ka ga hakan yana faruwa, orthodontic kakin zuma za a iya amfani da su don kare duk wani yanki da abin ya shafa ciki har da cikin lebban ku, gumi, da kumatun ku. Kakin zuma ba shi da guba, don haka yana da kyau idan kun haɗiye wani.

Wasu mutane sun fi son samun masu daidaitawa maimakon takalmin gyaran kafa don daidaita hakora, saboda an yi su da filastik maimakon karfe don haka ba sa iya haifar da fushi da yankewa. Idan kuna mamaki ko yakamata kuyi la’akari da takalmin gyaran kafa na al’ada ko masu daidaitawa , Duba shafin ALIGNERCO akan aligners vs braces, don ganin wane zaɓi ne mafi dacewa a gare ku.

Gel anesthetic

Idan ba kwa son shan magani mai zafi ko kuma bai yi tasiri sosai ba, zaku iya amfani da gel anesthetic. Ana iya samun wannan a kan ma’auni kuma ana amfani da shi kai tsaye zuwa wurare masu mahimmanci, wanda ke nufin yankin zafi. Za a iya amfani da shi a kan hakora da ƙugiya kuma ya kamata a shafa da yatsa ko auduga. Wannan zai rage yankin, yana rage kowane ciwo ko rashin jin daɗi. Wasu ingantattun magungunan kashe kwayoyin cuta sun hada da Anbesol da Orajel.

Maganin zafi da sanyi

Idan kuna fama da ciwon takalmin gyaran kafa, shafa wani abu mai sanyi a baki zai iya taimakawa wajen rage duk wani kumburi da rage yankin. Fakitin kankara ko wani abu daga injin daskarewa da aka nannade cikin tawul zai yi dabara. Idan ba ku da wani abu makamancin haka da za ku hannu, kuna iya shan ruwan sanyi, ruwan ƙanƙara.

Idan kun fi son wani abu mai dumi, yin amfani da kushin dumama ko ruwan zafi (ku yi hankali kada ku yi amfani da ruwan tafasa) kuma yana iya rage zafi lokacin da aka riƙe shi a kan muƙamuƙi. Hakanan kuna iya son yin a ruwan dumi gishiri kurkura.

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Although braces are not meant to cause pain, they can cause discomfort until you get used to them. This is usually worse when you have just got your braces fitted or after they have been tightened. If you are worried about pain from braces or you are getting pain from your braces, read on to find out how to alleviate this pain.

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Pain medication is a great way to alleviate brace pain. Anything over the counter can help, such as ibuprofen or Tylenol. If you are due to get your braces tightened and you know it causes discomfort in your mouth, you can start taking over the counter medication a few hours before you see your dentist or orthodontist.

If you are not sure which medication is best, speak to the pharmacist. Take all medication as stated on the packet. If your braces are causing severe pain after being fitted or tightened, make sure to get in touch with your dentist straight away.

Orthodontic Wax

If you have traditional metal braces, you may sometimes feel irritation inside the mouth, which is caused by sharp ends. This may even cause a cut on the inside of your mouth. If you find this happening, orthodontic wax can be used to protect any area affected including the inside of your lips, gums, and cheeks. The wax is non-toxic, so it is fine if you swallow any.

Some people prefer to get aligners rather than braces to straighten their teeth, as they are made with plastic instead of metal and are therefore less likely to cause irritation and cuts. If you are wondering whether you should consider conventional braces or aligners , check out ALIGNERCO’s blog on aligners vs braces, to see which option is best for you.

Anesthetic Gel

If you do not want to take pain medication or it is not effective enough, you can use anesthetic gel. This can be found over the counter and is applied directly to the sensitive areas, targeting the area of pain. It can be used on both teeth and gums and should be applied with your finger or a cotton swab. This will then numb the area, alleviating any pain or discomfort. Some good anesthetic gels include Anbesol and Orajel.

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If you are struggling with brace pain, applying something cold to the mouth can help to reduce any inflammation and numb the area. An ice pack or something from the freezer wrapped in a towel will do the trick. If you do not have anything like that to hand, you can also drink some cold, ice water.

If you prefer something warm, using a heating pad or hot water bottle (be careful not to use boiling water) can also alleviate pain when held against the jaw. You may also want to do a warm water salt rinse.

Brace discomfort and pain can be difficult, especially when trying to eat after having them tightened. This should go away after a few days, and you will get used to them. If it does not, speak to your dentist.

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One of the main questions we hear at Cardinal Orthodontics is, “Do Braces Hurt?” We are here to ease your fear and let you know that braces are nothing to be scared of! You may feel some mild discomfort and soreness while your mouth is adjusting the first few days, but nothing extreme.

Two Types of Discomfort Caused by Braces

Tooth Soreness

Having minor tooth soreness is typical the first few days after getting braces put on. Many patients describe this as a “tight” feeling. Here are a few ways to alleviate discomfort while your teeth adjust to your new braces:

  1. Eat soft foods. This discomfort is like a bruise. If you eat hard foods, you are not giving the area time to heal before using it again. When you eat soft food, you are not putting as much pressure on the area, which will allow the area to heal quicker.
  2. Take Tylenol. Tylenol is an over the counter pain reliever. This can help dull the pain that is occurring due to the braces.
  3. Drink/eat something cold. The first couple sets of wires that are used are activated at body temperature. If you drink or eat something cold, then you will have less tightness due to the wires not actively pushing on your teeth.

Tongue/Cheek Irritation

The second type of discomfort you may feel after getting braces put on are some sores from wire or bracket irritation. This is a normal occurrence the first week after getting braces put on. When this happens:

  1. Try using wax. Wax is given to you at your first appointment at Cardinal Orthodontics and we provide this to you as often as you need it. When there is a wire or bracket rubbing on your cheek or tongue, roll a piece of wax between your fingers and place it the sore area. This will allow the area to heal so a sore does not form.
  2. Use canker-x. This is a gel that is provided to you at your first appointment. To use this, place a small amount on a cotton swab and rub it on the area that is causing you discomfort. Canker-x has some numbing tendencies, so it will help alleviate the sore.
  3. Let it run its course. After a few days of allowing your braces to work, eventually your cheeks and lips will toughen up to the braces. Once this happens, the feeling of rubbing or sores forming will decrease significantly.

Keep in mind that this soreness will not last forever. Getting braces put on is an exciting time and pain is nothing to fear! Follow the tips we listed above on how to alleviate some of this mild discomfort and after a few weeks you won’t even notice you have them on.

To receive a free consultation for braces or Invisalign at Cardinal Orthodontics, click here. Now offering video exam appointments that can be done from the comfort of your own home!

How to alleviate discomfort. The pain from braces can sneak up on you. When you first get your wires tightened, your teeth just feel some intense pressure on them. It’s not too uncomfortable. But soon, very soon, a more intense pain starts to set in. And that’s just the pain from the tightening. That doesn’t even touch the bone pain you may feel in your chin bone or the rub of the brackets and wires against your inner mouth. In this post, we’ll take you through all the facts to help you alleviate discomfort with braces. Let’s get busy.

How to alleviate orthodontic brace pain

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How to Alleviate Discomfort after Putting on Braces

Ultimately, the pain is worth it. You end up with a stunning smile plus the self-confidence to smile. However, even knowing that alleviates the discomfort of the moment. If you’ve just gotten braces put on your teeth or your braces tightened, here are some real steps you can take to alleviate pain and discomfort.

Choose Foods Wisely

Certain foods can alleviate the pain and discomfort that your braces cause your mouth.

Soft and Cold Food

  • Eat cold and soft foods like ice cream and puddings. These not only feel cool, which creates a numbing effect in the mouth. These foods also don’t require any chewing. This helps keep your sore teeth out of the mix for a while. You may want to eat other soft foods for a couple of days, even if they aren’t cold. Mash potatoes, pasta, or soups and stews are good bets. They put no strain on teeth and gums.

Crunchy Foods

  • Finally, stay away from hard or sticky foods. Jerky, gummy bears or nuts are just a few examples of these types of foods. Not only can they cause you pain to eat, but there’s also a chance that sticky items like taffy or gummy bears can loosen the brackets from your teeth.

Use a Heating Pad

  • If your jaw feels sore from orthodontic work, try using a heating pad on your jaw (or a warm washcloth.) You may feel sore from dental appliances like headgear or even from your jaw getting accustomed to its new alignment. Heat can be soothing to these conditions.

Over-the-counter Pain Medicine

  • Anbesol, Orabase, and Orajel are oral anesthetics that you can apply directly to your teeth and gums. For a time, these products will make your teeth, gums, tongue, and lips slightly numb. They come in various forms, including gels and liquids. Most people apply them to the teeth and gums via their forefingers. However, you can apply the gels to a toothbrush as well.
  • If you’re looking in the grocery store for these products, you can probably find them in a couple of places. Sometimes, items like Orajel or Anbesol will be found in the baby food/ baby products aisle. (Many moms use these items to help their babies get through the pain of teething.) They can also be found in the oral care aisle, where you find toothpaste, mouthwash, dental floss, and the like.
  • A word of caution: Some people don’t like the sensation of having numb gums, teeth, tongue, and lips. However, do keep in mind that your teeth will hurt the most right after you get your braces tightened. Although the experience of wearing braces is never completely comfortable, the pain of your braces will die down after a couple of days. That being the case, you won’t have to use a topical oral anesthetic for very long.

How to alleviate orthodontic brace pain

Take an Aspirin or Ibuprofen

  • Another type of over-the-counter painkiller may provide temporary relief from the pain. As these have some side effects, it’s best to follow the dosage suggestions on the bottle. The usual dosage for adults is two tablets every four hours or so, with some exceptions. Additionally, if your inner cheeks or gums feel inflamed, some painkillers like ibuprofen can reduce inflammation.

Gargle With Warm Salt Water

  • Braces can aggravate mouth ulcers (canker sores.) You’ll want to treat those as well. A warm salt water gargle can also help heal some of the sores in your mouth that are caused by wearing braces. Mix one teaspoon of salt with an eight-ounce glass of warm water, making sure that it’s completely mixed and that the salt has dissolved into the water. Swish warm salt water around the mouth and gargle with it a couple of times a day.
  • Additionally, it’s likely that this will sting a bit if you do have lesions in the mouth due to your braces. If so, you can follow up on your gargle with a drink of aloe vera juice. This is a juice mixture that’s made from aloe vera juice and other herbs.
  • Usually, you can find this at your health food store. It has a bit of a funny taste, though it’s not unpleasant. Swish it around the mouth to help heal the sores in your mouth. It is drinkable, though you may want to spit out the juice if you’re swishing it around your mouth to heal ulcers.

Use Your Orthodontic Wax

  • The orthodontic wax will help prevent the sores that come from your brackets from rubbing against your inner cheeks. Knead a bit of the wax – about the size of a green pea – until it’s a small ball. Apply it to the offending bracket/s. Dab any dampness from the brackets that you want to apply the wax to with a paper towel. Once the bracket is dry, then add the orthodontic wax to it.
  • Do be aware that if you have teeth that protrude a bit like a crooked eyetooth, you may have to apply wax to your braces often until the braces can pull the protruding tooth/teeth can be pulled into place.

Call Papandreas Orthodontics

Dr. Samuel Papandreas provides expert orthodontic care for adults, teenagers, and children at his facilities in:

• North Royalton, Ohio

His patients are fitted with customized orthodontic devices that include:

• Braces – color-matching ceramic or metal devices

• Retainers – worn at night when your braces are removed

• Palatal expanders – worn before your orthodontic treatment begins

Conclusion

You can schedule an appointment with Papandreas Orthodontics to learn how to alleviate discomfort or about the best type of orthodontic treatment for you and your children to improve your smile correct your dental bite.

How to alleviate orthodontic brace pain

Getting used to orthodontic braces can be an uncomfortable experience. However, loose brackets or wires can also cause pain, an issue that could cause bigger problems if not addressed quickly. That’s why it’s important to stay on top of your oral health. Here are a few remedies recommended by our orthodontist in 71201 to help with mild irritation; however, be sure to contact your dental health professional if any of these problems persist.

Irritation and Soreness

When you get your first set of braces, minor discomfort is common for the first few days. Your lips, cheeks and tongue won’t be used to the metal in your mouth, so they might rub against the wires or brackets and become scratched or irritated.

If your braces continue to cause irritation, here are a few things you can do to address it. First, make sure you’re drinking plenty of water. A dry mouth tends to worsen the irritated areas. Next, be sure to regularly brush and rinse your mouth to limit the food or debris that could contribute to the irritation. Third, remember to use wax to cover the irritating parts of your braces. If the soreness continues, schedule an appointment with our office to further examine the problem.

Damaged Braces

While unlikely, it’s possible for your braces to become damaged while you are wearing them. Perhaps the most frequent issue is when brackets or wires become loose or dislodged. These issues are no cause for panic, as our team is able to quickly address the problem. Schedule an appointment with us as soon as possible to have your braces corrected.

Oral Injuries Caused by Braces

While wearing braces, you’re also more likely to become injured when doing physical activity. Try wearing a mouth guard when participating in sports or workouts to reduce the risk of damage to your tongue, lips, and cheeks. You can also apply wax to the parts of your braces that are causing the most irritation to avoid serious cuts.

Of course, not everyone who has braces ends up harming themselves, but there are risks with metal in the mouth. Being proactive against potential injuries is the best form of prevention but if you experience any pain or discomfort when wearing braces, contact our orthodontics office in Monroe, LA for a fast appointment.

If you have braces, your orthodontist might give you small rubber bands to attach to your brackets to help move and align your teeth. While they may cause some discomfort, they’re an important part of your overall orthodontic plan. Luckily, there are several strategies you can try out to help alleviate rubber bands and braces pain.

Components of Braces

To understand why rubber bands are an important part of your orthodontic treatment, you’ll first need to know how all the components of braces work together. As the Mayo Clinic explains, braces are comprised of several parts, including:

  • Brackets, which are the small, square metal pieces attached to the front outer surfaces of the teeth.
  • An archwire, which connects the brackets to one another and controls the tooth movement.
  • Metal rings, which are placed on the back teeth.
  • Rubber bands or elastic ties, which attach the wires to the brackets and also may be used to connect teeth in the upper and lower jaws.

The American Association of Orthodontics (AAO) explains that braces work by slowly and deliberately applying force to the teeth. If your teeth require more force, the AAO notes that your orthodontist may give you small rubber bands to temporarily connect teeth in your upper and lower jaws using hooks on the brackets. It’s important to follow your orthodontist’s instructions for wearing these rubber bands, including any guidance regarding when to remove them.

Why Do Rubber Bands Cause Pain?

The Mayo Clinic explains that, when you have braces, your orthodontist will tighten the archwire in order to continue to add pressure to the teeth. You may feel minor pain as this process unfolds. Think of it like lifting weights: As you start lifting more weight, your muscles become more conditioned and strengthened. Rubber bands are like additional weights. They produce more pressure to correct your tooth and jaw alignment.

The Oral Health Foundation notes that rubber bands or other parts of the braces may rub the insides of your cheeks and may cause sore spots. However, there are several ways you can manage braces pain with at-home techniques.

How to Manage Rubber Bands and Braces Pain

The textbook Orthodontics: Current Principles and Techniques explains that pain is one common reason patients don’t continually wear their rubber bands as directed. But it’s critical to follow your orthodontist’s instructions to achieve your goal of a straight smile.

Some ways to alleviate rubber bands and braces pain, according to the Oral Health Foundation and the AAO, include:

  • Placing orthodontic wax on areas that are painful to help mitigate rubbing or chafing inside the mouth
  • Taking an over-the-counter pain medication
  • Applying a topical anesthetic to provide temporary relief

Rinsing with warm salt water may also help to soothe any canker sores that develop from braces, as the University of Michigan explains. You can also ask your orthodontist for tips on managing discomfort as your treatment plan continues.

Experiencing moments of minor pain is a normal part of the teeth-straightening process. Your teeth are moving and shifting to give you a beautifully straight smile. Remember: The minor and manageable pain will be well worth the results!

Having beautiful, straight teeth makes them worth it, but braces can be uncomfortable. Children treated with orthodontics can experience particular discomfort after an appointment to have their braces tightened. The extra pull of the braces can cause your child’s mouth to be sore for a few days. If your child isn’t completely comfortable, our pediatric dentists recommend ten ways to relieve the sores from braces.

Try These Tricks to Ease Pain

Use Over-the-Counter Medication

One of the best ways to relieve braces pain is by taking over-the-counter pain medication like aspirin, ibuprofen, acetaminophen, or naproxen. Your child can take these before their orthodontist appointment to start fighting the pain before it starts.

Be sure to make sure that your child takes the medication only as directed. Pain medications should not be taken too often and should generally be saved for when other remedies won’t suffice.

If you have any questions about your child using pain medication, it’s best to consult their orthodontist first.

Apply Oral Analgesics

Benzocaine is a pain reliever that comes in a liquid or gel form and can be applied directly to your child’s teeth and gums to help relieve braces pain. Help your child apply the medication using a cotton swab or a clean finger. The taste of the medication may be unpleasant, but it is an effective way to numb the mouth pain from braces. Make sure to follow the instructions on the packaging.

Use an Ice Pack

Some of your child’s sores from braces are due to inflammation, so applying a cold compress can be an effective way of combating pain. Having your child hold an ice pack to the outside of their mouth can help reduce any swelling. A sore mouth from braces pain is just like any other injury, and the ice will help soothe it. If you don’t have an ice pack, a bag of frozen vegetables will always work in a pinch.

Apply Orthodontic Wax

It’s common for children with braces to experience irritation where the metal rubs against their cheeks, lips, or gums. Ask your child’s orthodontist for soft orthodontic wax. This wax can be applied to the places that are experiencing chafing, preventing any discomfort or sores from developing.

Rinse with Saltwater

As with other pediatric dental services, newly-tightened braces can irritate the sensitive skin in your child’s mouth, causing pain from their braces. Constant rubbing from the metal wires can result in sores, which can add to the problem of braces pain. If your child has any sores, have them rinse with a warm saltwater solution. This will help alleviate discomfort and will help prevent any potential infection.

You can purchase a saltwater rinse from most drug stores, or you can make your own at home. To make a saltwater rinse, dissolve half a teaspoon of salt into a cup of warm water. Have your child gargle and swish with the solution for 60 seconds before spitting it out.

Try Cold Food and Drinks

Drinking cold water or eating something soft and cold like ice cream can function similarly to ice packs to help braces pain. The temperature will help reduce inflammation and pain while producing a numbing sensation for any achy areas. If your child does choose something sweet like an ice pop or ice cream, make sure they brush their teeth afterward.

Your child can also suck on ice to help relieve their mouth pain from braces, but be sure that they do not chew it. Chewing on ice can cause damage to the gums, microscopic fractures in the enamel, and even broken teeth.

Adjust Your Child’s Diet

When your child has their braces tightened, it causes their teeth and gums to become sore. To combat this braces pain, have them avoid foods that will further irritate their mouths. Hard, crunchy foods like chips and raw vegetables can be painful to eat and should be avoided for a few days. Instead, they should opt for soft foods like mashed potatoes and soup that won’t irritate their already sensitive mouth.

Chew on Frozen Teething Rings

Although teething rings are designed for infants, they can be a very effective tool for combatting braces pain. Your child can gently chew on a frozen teething ring, moving the ring to the places that hurt the most. Gradually, the frozen teething ring will help the pain subside.

How to alleviate orthodontic brace pain

The muscles and joints of the jaw affect the jaw relationship, occlusion or bite (position of teeth in the jaws) and facial aesthetics.

Painful jaw joints, popping and cracking sounds, stiffness, facial pain and headaches are some of the common symptoms of temporomandibular disorder (TMD). Orthodontists and dentists call the jaw joint the temporomandibular joint (TMJ), and when this area just in front of the ears suffers strain, TMD is one of the potential results. For some patients, braces or Invisalign clear aligners can help reduce strain on the jaw joints, alleviating the symptoms of TMD.

TMD Diagnoses

A dentist or an orthodontist can diagnose your TMD. An orthodontist may be the best to form a proper diagnosis, however, because of his extensive study and schooling of how the face and jaw work together.

TMD Treatment Options

Orthodontics is one common treatment option for patients suffering from TMD. If the source of the pain stems from a bad bite, orthodontic treatment can correct the malocclusion and ensure the jaw can work properly.

Mouthguards or splints may also be an option, especially for patients who grind their teeth. The mouthguard will work to protect your teeth and reduce the strain on the jaw joints.

Some patients may find relief from over-the-counter pain medications or muscle relaxers, but these will only provide short-term relief and are not a solution to the underlying issues.

Patients who have stress-induced TMD may benefit from counseling and stress relieving exercises. Some patients, however, may only find relief through surgical procedures.

Braces or Invisalign treatment are one of a range of TMD treatments that can improve the function and alignment of the jaw. Splints, physical therapy and occlusal adjustment are some other options. Braces can gradually adjust the position of teeth and correct misaligned bites. When the teeth meet correctly, the jaw joint should no longer be under any strain, and the TMD symptoms should ease. However, as with any treatment, it’s wise to consult with an orthodontist early to best understand treatment options and their consequences.

Though TMD often resolves itself without treatment, sometimes the condition doesn’t go away or the severity of the symptoms lessens the patient’s quality of life. With effective orthodontics, specific jaw exercises combined with innovative techniques can accomplish significant reduction or complete elimination of popping, headaches and facial pain along with a straighter smile!

How to alleviate orthodontic brace pain

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How to alleviate orthodontic brace pain

Your orthodontist will guide your teeth – or your child’s – into a correct position by adjusting the braces. An essential component of your braces are the bands, responsible for producing more pressure to correct your tooth and jaw alignment. Experiencing moments of some minor, short-term discomfort is a normal part of the teeth-straightening process. Our team will guide you through the process, helping you understand the treatment and learn the components of your braces – whether that’s for you or for your child.

If you have braces, your orthodontist might give you small rubber bands to attach to your brackets to help move and align your teeth. While they may cause some discomfort, they’re an important part of your overall orthodontic plan. Luckily, there are several strategies you can try out to help alleviate rubber bands and braces pain.

Components of Braces

To understand why rubber bands are an important part of your orthodontic treatment, you’ll first need to know how all the components of braces work together. As the Mayo Clinic explains, braces are comprised of several parts, including:

  • Brackets, which are the small, square metal pieces attached to the front outer surfaces of the teeth.
  • An archwire, which connects the brackets to one another and controls the tooth movement.
  • Metal rings, which are placed on the back teeth.
  • Rubber bands or elastic ties, which attach the wires to the brackets and also may be used to connect teeth in the upper and lower jaws.

The American Association of Orthodontics (AAO) explains that braces work by slowly and deliberately applying force to the teeth. If your teeth require more force, the AAO notes that your orthodontist may give you small rubber bands to temporarily connect teeth in your upper and lower jaws using hooks on the brackets. It’s important to follow your orthodontist’s instructions for wearing these rubber bands, including any guidance regarding when to remove them.

Why Do Rubber Bands Cause Pain?

The Mayo Clinic explains that, when you have braces, your orthodontist will tighten the archwire in order to continue to add pressure to the teeth. You may feel minor pain as this process unfolds. Think of it like lifting weights: As you start lifting more weight, your muscles become more conditioned and strengthened. Rubber bands are like additional weights. They produce more pressure to correct your tooth and jaw alignment.

The Oral Health Foundation notes that rubber bands or other parts of the braces may rub the insides of your cheeks and may cause sore spots. However, there are several ways you can manage braces pain with at-home techniques.

How to alleviate orthodontic brace pain

How to Manage Rubber Bands and Braces Pain

The textbook Orthodontics: Current Principles and Techniques explains that pain is one common reason patients don’t continually wear their rubber bands as directed. But it’s critical to follow your orthodontist’s instructions to achieve your goal of a straight smile.

Some ways to alleviate rubber bands and braces pain, according to the Oral Health Foundation and the AAO, include:

  • Placing orthodontic wax on areas that are painful to help mitigate rubbing or chafing inside the mouth
  • Taking an over-the-counter pain medication
  • Applying a topical anesthetic to provide temporary relief

Experiencing moments of minor pain is a normal part of the teeth-straightening process. Your teeth are moving and shifting to give you a beautifully straight smile. Remember: The minor and manageable pain will be well worth the results!

Straighten your teeth for a beautiful smile and better health! We’re here to help – and we have a lot of options –including Invisalign! Call us at 561.368.3480, and we will be happy to answer all of your questions. Come join our community on Facebook! Matza Orthodontics Facebook

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How to alleviate orthodontic brace pain

It is no secret that one of the common cons that can come with braces is discomfort and pain — especially during the initial installation and subsequent wire tightenings. However, if braces prove to be too painful for you, even after following pain management techniques, talk to your orthodontist about Invisalign to see if this clear aligner is a better fit for your orthodontic needs. While some may be able to tolerate the discomfort more than others, everyone can benefit from learning the following tips to manage pain associated with wearing braces.

1. Orthodontics Wax

Orthodontic wax protects the inside of the mouth and prevents the braces from rubbing on the gums and cheeks. Traditionally, an orthodontist will automatically provide their patients with orthodontic wax, but if not, it should be easy to obtain upon request. To apply the wax, patients will want to first wash their hands. They will then brush their teeth and focus more on the area where the wax will be applied. Next, pinch off a small piece of the wax and roll it around between their fingers until it is soft and malleable. Proceed by gently pushing the wax against the area of braces that is causing the problems.

Patients can still brush their teeth twice a day with wax on but will want to be careful in the areas where it is applied. The wax will start to break away on its own, so there is no need to worry about finding a way to remove it before then.

2. Oral Anesthetics

Oral anesthetics, like Orajel and other brands of Benzocaine, are often used to mitigate pain from braces. Most oral anesthetics are offered over the counter and are applied directly to the pained area (i.e. tooth, cheek, gum). These anesthetics can be purchased at most drug stores, grocery outlets, and pharmacies.

The numbness caused by the anesthetic typically only lasts for 20-30 minutes. Adults and children ages 2 and over can apply Orajel up to four times a day, or as directed by their orthodontist/dentist. Apply using a cotton swab or your finger.

3. Pain Medication

Over-the-counter (OTC) pain medication can help alleviate discomfort from braces. Because an orthodontist appointment is important and one that shouldn’t be missed, skipping an appointment to avoid dealing with the pain from tightening your braces is not recommended. Patients can take pain medication prior to their appointment to be prepared for their routine tightening. Some OTC pain medication that can help relieve braces pain include:

  • Acetaminophen;
  • Aspirin;
  • DenTek;
  • Ibuprofen;
  • Naproxen.

4. Ice

Inflammation is a common side effect of braces. Applying ice to the area that is causing pain can reduce the inflammation and temporarily numb the area. Hold an ice pack to the area for 20 minutes or until it is numb, and repeat as needed. Other cold items like ice water and iced foods (popsicles, ice cream, etc.) could also be used to numb away braces pain for temporary relief.

5. Salt Water

Rinsing your mouth/gargling with salt water can help remove bacteria from cuts on the gums and cheeks caused by braces. It is important to remove bacteria from your mouth, especially from your braces, to prevent plaque and tartar build-up. Add about a half-teaspoon of salt per eight ounces of warm water and gargle/swish for 30 seconds and repeat until the saltwater solution is gone.

6. Soft Food

To prevent further pain after the installation of braces, it is commonly suggested to eat soft foods for a while. Some great soft foods to eat while wearing braces are:

  • Applesauce;
  • Cottage cheese;
  • Ice cream/frozen yogurt;
  • Jell-O;
  • Oatmeal;
  • Scrambled eggs;
  • Smoothies;
  • Soft fruits and steamed vegetables like grapefruits, kiwis, tangerines, steamed broccoli, and mashed potatoes;
  • Soup;
  • Yogurt.

7. Gum Massage

A self-performed gum massage can be conducted by taking the index fingers on both hands and placing them firmly against the gums and moving them in a circular motion for 5 to 10 minutes. This can help promote blood flow to the area in pain and even help remove any leftover food debris that is stuck in the gums.

8. Heat

Just like with ice, adding heat to the pained area can help reduce the pain and/or swelling caused by braces. This can be done by purchasing a heating pad, a warm washcloth, swishing with warm water, or even a warm adhesive patch.

9. Dental Hygiene

The better you take care of your teeth and gums, the better odds of you have of reduced pain throughout your time wearing braces. The benefits of proper hygiene include the reduction of inflammation, as well as plaque and tartar build-up, which can be painful. Proper dental hygiene techniques include:

  • Brushing your teeth at least twice a day (or after every meal while wearing braces);
  • Using a fluoride toothpaste;
  • Flossing at least once a day;
  • Rinsing with mouthwash after brushing your teeth;
  • Avoiding eating/drinking sugary foods and beverages;
  • Avoiding tobacco products;
  • Scheduling routine checkups with your dentist.

Proper dental hygiene not only can help with pain caused by braces, but it also bridges the gap between oral health and overall health in general.

10. Time

One of the most important points to consider is that the pain should go away over time. The pain or discomfort generally happens when you first get braces and when they get tightened. If you continue to notice pain, or if it gets worse, schedule a consultation with your orthodontist to make sure there isn’t an underlying dental problem.

The first day after you get your braces can sometimes be the worst. Not only are you gums swollen from your teeth already pulling in directions they’ve never been in, but the foreign metal brackets and wires are scratching the insides of your mouth from all angles while talk, chew your food, or even just sit still! This painful first day is relived nearly every time your braces are tightened, as the teeth are pulled again in new directions and previously untouched areas of your mouth fall victim to the scratch of the brackets and wire.

How to alleviate orthodontic brace pain

How to help braces pain

While everyone handles pain differently, here are a few ways to improve your experience with your braces and help relieve some of the pain:

1. Waxing

No, not that kind of waxing. As soon as you get braces, your orthodontist will give you a small container of clear wax to help cover individual metal brackets and give the insides of your mouth a little rest. Taking just a tiny amount and placing it on the braces so it sticks and covers the bracket completely will do the trick and give the insides of your mouth a much needed break.

2. Cold Compresses

If your gums are swollen from your latest tightening, relief can be as simple as a wet cloth. Take a towel and wet it with some cold water, the colder the better! Then use it to put pressure on the most swollen areas in your mouth. It’s a simple method that can give you relief when you need it most.

3. Orajel

If nothing else seems to work, numbing the areas where your braces are rubbing against the inside of your mouth can help a lot! Basic products you can pick up at any grocery store or pharmacy will temporarily do the trick and make sure that you get a bit of relief. Just make sure you don’t overdo it while applying it to the painful areas or your whole mouth could go numb for several minutes!

4. Taking your Mind off the Pain

Stop wondering how to alleviate braces pain by getting your mind over the pain. Sometimes pain from braces can be a mind over matter deal. While lying on the couch and watching a boring TV show, you’ll most definitely feel the pain more than if you were out and about with your normal activities. Getting your braces tightened is not excuse to take a half day off and wallow in pain. Even something as simple as going grocery shopping, folding laundry, or mowing the backyard can take your mind away from the pain and get you through the toughest days!

Orthodontic treatment can improve your smile in many ways, but the process involves moving your teeth and jaw into proper alignment. The process can cause discomfort and pain as your teeth shift. Let’s talk about the various points where orthodontic patients may need pain relief and the best ways to find it!

Does Getting Braces Hurt?

One of the most popular questions about starting orthodontic treatment may be “do braces hurt?” The truth is that it might. While some people can manage the discomfort, others may require a little help easing braces pain.

When you first get braces, it’s common to feel some sensitivity and pain due to the amount of work in your mouth. It also takes time to get used to the brackets and wires in your mouth.

What Causes Painful Braces?

Some people may experience general discomfort while others have just one tooth that hurts with braces adjustments. Several things can contribute to braces pain, including altering blood flow around your teeth and gums as alignment shifts. Other people may have soft tissue pain from the brackets or trays rubbing the cheeks and gums.

How Long Will My Teeth Hurt After Braces are Put On?

Most orthodontic patients can expect braces pain the first week after having them put on, but some may take a little longer to adjust. Additionally, it’s common to experience braces tightening pain whenever you have an adjustment.

Is it Normal for Teeth to Hurt Randomly with Braces?

It is completely normal for teeth to hurt at random times. As your teeth move into proper alignment, you can experience temporary pain and discomfort at any point.

Do Spacers Hurt?

Spacers go between teeth to create more space to accommodate braces and orthodontic appliances. Like braces, spacers can cause some discomfort as the teeth move.

Does Invisalign Hurt?

People choose clear aligners, like Invisalign, instead of traditional braces for many reasons, but that doesn’t mean you won’t have pain. Many people who start Invisalign have pain the first week as they get used to the trays. Other Invisalign patients may experience pain in one tooth, which indicates the trays are working!

Usually, Invisalign pain isn’t unbearable or long-term. However, if you can’t manage the pain or it lasts more than a few days, reach out to your orthodontist to have them evaluate your trays.

Do Retainers Hurt?

Retainers help keep your teeth in place after you complete orthodontic treatment. They may feel strange, but you should not have pain. If your retainer hurts, it may not fit properly and require an adjustment.

How Do You Deal with Braces Pain?

Dealing with a sore mouth from braces isn’t fun, but it’s a part of the process that will get you the smile you dream about. If your teeth hurt from braces, remind yourself that it’s temporary and that your new smile will be worth it. Of course, there are also many ways to find braces and Invisalign pain relief!

Over-the-Counter Pain Relievers

It may be helpful to take pain relievers before you have an appointment so that the medicine takes effect sooner. That way, you may never feel the pain or discomfort.

Ice Packs or Heating Pads

Ice packs can alleviate swelling and pain, but if they don’t work you may want to try heating pads or warm compresses. Some people alternate the hot and cold compresses. It can help to apply an ice pack for about fifteen minutes, leave it off for the same amount of time, then switch to heat.

Cold Foods

Eating cold foods, like ice cream, can help ease the pain in your mouth. Popsicles and other frozen foods work much like ice packs and relieve braces pain. Be careful not to bite into any ice cubes or popsicles because you could break a bracket off.

Topical Oral Anesthetics

Over-the-counter numbing gels or creams can help in some situations. Applying it directly to the affected teeth and gums can ease painful braces.

Orthodontic Wax

Sometimes a wire pops out or you have a rough bracket that irritates the inside of your cheek. Try using a bit of orthodontic wax to cover the irritant to create a smooth surface that won’t hurt your inner cheek or gum.

Salt Water Rinse

Creating a warm saltwater solution is easy, and it can help with braces pain. Add some salt to warm water and swish it around your mouth for about a minute to ease discomfort and help prevent infection.

Soft Foods

If you just had your braces tightened and need pain relief, it may help to switch to soft foods for a few days after an adjustment. By giving your jaw a break with mashed potatoes, yogurt, oatmeal, and applesauce, you can make things easier on your sensitive teeth and gums!

Massage Your Gums

Gently massaging your gums can bring relief, especially if you have some swelling. Rub your finger in circles over the gums to reduce pain. You can even try it with an ice cube!

Keep Up with Good Oral Hygiene

Don’t let sore teeth from braces keep you from eating or maintaining good oral hygiene. With braces, it’s more important than ever to keep brushing and flossing. Follow your orthodontist’s instructions and keep up with your oral care to keep your teeth and gums healthy.

Remember, orthodontic treatment can help you get the smile of your dreams if you comply with treatment. It’s easy to slip up and avoid doing things when you have pain, so it may mean finding the right combination of pain relief methods to ease sore braces.

If you’re ready to start orthodontic treatment or have questions about how to relieve braces pain, the team at Jefferson Dental & Orthodontics can help. Book an appointment for a FREE consultation to get started!

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When braces are first fitted or when they are adjusted, many people can experience some pain due to the shifting nature of your teeth. The discomfort is part of the process of realigning your teeth; however, there are some techniques our patients can use to alleviate the pain

  1. Over the counter pain relief – Over the counter pain killers can help to relieve pain in the jaws and gums caused by the shifting of your teeth. Norwest Orthodontics will recommend the best pain killers to have on hand when you first have your braces fitted and during readjustments.
  2. Eating soft foods – Eating soft foods such as those outlined in our braces-friendly recipe book may help to alleviate the pain until it passes.
  3. Dental wax – Dental Wax is recommended for relief from the pain and irritation caused by orthodontic appliances. By protecting gums and the linings of your cheeks and lips, dental wax can provide a comfortable barrier from the sharp ends of wires and pointed appliance parts.
  4. Ice cream – Immediately after braces have been put in, eating ice cream will help to relieve the swelling and inflammation of the gums. The cooling sensation of ice cream will continue to bring down the pain and give much needed relief.
  5. Gentle brushing – When brushing your teeth, brush gently.

Norwest Orthodontics try to make the orthodontic treatment of braces as painless as possible for all our patients and are here to help recommend ways to relieve any pain and discomfort. For more information about the different types of braces, please contact the team at Norwest Orthodontics on 9672 6113.

If your child has visibly crooked teeth or they are frequently biting their tongue due to misaligned teeth, then it’s high time you considered getting them dental braces from your local orthodontist .

These dental devices can help restore your child’s beautiful smile by aligning and straightening crooked teeth back to their rightful position. They are designed to fix bad bites and improve overall dental health.

Nevertheless, wearing braces is not the most comfortable experience. Your orthodontist may have to adjust, tighten, bend, or even replace the metal wires to ensure that the teeth are aligning toward the correct target positions.

With added pressure on the gums and teeth, your child or teen may have to endure great discomfort or irritation for several weeks throughout the treatment process.

So, what should you expect during your visit with a local orthodontist?

Follow-up visits with a dentist or a local orthodontist are essential to monitoring the progress of the treatment. As mentioned earlier, the orthodontist will adjust the wires of the braces to ensure the teeth are aligning properly.

Soon after this procedure, your child may experience discomfort, mild bleeding, inflammation, or tooth sensitivity, which could last for hours or even days, depending on the level of adjustments.

It is also not uncommon for the patient to experience pain while wearing braces. The good news is that the pain is only temporary, and they are so many steps you can take to reduce braces pain.

Here are a few tips on how to manage the pain caused by wearing braces.

Quick Tips on How to Reduce Braces Pain

Apply Ice Packs

One of the easiest ways to ease the pain caused by braces is to use ice packs around the painful areas. The same way you would apply ice to an aching tooth, applying ice packs to the area of discomfort is an effective way to reduce swelling and inflammation and alleviate the pain.

Change Your Diet

The type of food you eat can make a difference in reducing braces pain. When you start wearing braces, your teeth and gums may become sensitive. This means you can no longer continue with your normal eating habits. Ideally, you should avoid crunchy or hard foods like raw veggies and chips, and instead, opt for softer foods like yogurt, cheese, mashed potatoes, and soups.

Try Cold Drinks and Foods

Other than changing your diet, you can try eating cold foods and drinks instead of hot meals. Cold treats like popsicles and ice cream can work wonders to alleviate the pain by making your gums numb and reducing inflammation. You can also sip iced drinks or such ice cubes for relief. However, make sure you brush after eating or drinking sugary foods to avoid tooth decay.

Apply Soft, Orthodontic Wax

Your orthodontic may recommend a special dental wax that you can apply over the braces to reduce pain and irritation on the gums, lips, and inner cheeks. The orthodontic wax is safe for use, and it has no adverse effects since it contains natural, non-toxic ingredients.

Swish with Warm, Salty Water

Another natural way to deal with braces pain is to swish your mouth with a warm salt-water solution. Sometimes, you may develop sores in your mouth as your gums and cheeks adapt to the tightened braces. Swishing your mouth with warm, salty water for about a minute can help prevent infections and reduce pain.

Take Over-The-Counter Pain Relievers

If you have tried all the above tips and nothing seems to work, consider taking over-the-counter medications such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen. Even though OTC medications do not require a prescription, you should first check with your orthodontist to confirm whether it’s safe to use these pain relievers.

You may also apply oral anesthetics directly to the affected teeth and gums to help desensitize the area and reduce pain. Oral anesthetics work best when used moments before bedtime.

Observe Good Oral Hygiene

Pain caused by wearing braces normally subsides over time, as your teeth adapt to the adjustments. You may experience mild pain and discomfort for several days, but the outcome will always be well worth it.

With that said, always make sure you observe good oral hygiene even through the pain, as it is essential to keep your teeth clean even while wearing new braces.

How to alleviate orthodontic brace pain

The decision to invest in braces is an important one. In the end, it will result in a beautiful, healthy smile. However, along the way you may experience some uncomfortable times, especially after having your brace’s wires adjusted. The good news is that braces pain is typically temporary and can be treated.

Throughout your orthodontic treatment, follow-up visits with your orthodontist every four to six weeks are a must to ensure everything is working properly. These visits allow your orthodontist to monitor progress and adjust wires. Adjusting wires can include tightening, bending, or even replacing the wires, as needed. When the wires are adjusted, additional pressure on the gums and teeth can cause some irritation and discomfort.

10 Recommendations for Reducing Braces Pain

There are several easy and effective ways to reduce the pain and discomfort associated with braces. Below we list 10 recommendations.

Ice Pack or Cold Food and Drinks

Ice will work in your mouth just like it does for other injured parts of the body. If your mouth feels sore after your braces are tightened, try applying a cold pack to the area or eat some ice cream or other cold food. Ice packs and cold foods can help reduce pain, swelling, and inflammation, and help relieve the pain.

How to alleviate orthodontic brace painGargle/Swish with Salt Water

In some cases, sores may develop on your cheeks and gums as they adapt to your braces. Swishing for just 60 seconds with warm salt water can reduce the irritation and alleviate soreness.

Softer Foods

After your braces are tightened, your gums and teeth will most likely become sensitive. This can make it painful to eat certain foods. As a result, it is a good idea to avoid crunchy or hard foods, such as raw vegetables and chips. Instead, choose softer foods and drinks, such as smoothies, yogurt, soups, and mashed potatoes. After the pain subsides, you can resume your normal eating habits.

Massaging Your Gums

Just like a massage can ease muscle pain in other parts of your body, massaging your gums with your fingers can help ease the pain. If your gums are swollen it can also help relax the tissue, making your newly tightened braces a little bit more comfortable.

Mouth Guard

A mouth guard can be extremely effective when it comes to protecting the soft tissues of your mouth from your braces. While you should definitely wear them while participating in any sports or physical activities, they may also be beneficial if your brackets or wires are causing sores or discomfort on your cheeks or other areas of your mouth.

Frozen Teething Rings

While you may think teething rings are just for teething babies, the fact is that they can come in handy when it comes to dealing with braces pain, as well. Teething rings are even more effective when you freeze them. Once frozen, simply put one in your mouth and chew on it gently in the area of your mouth that hurts most. Move it around to each of the sore areas until the pain and discomfort subsides.

How to alleviate orthodontic brace painOrthodontic Wax

If you begin to experience irritation on your inner cheeks, your gums, or even your lips because of your braces, then orthodontic wax may be helpful. This wax is applied to the metal to reduce the irritation it causes on the inside of the mouth.

Local Anesthetic

If there is pain in specific areas of your mouth then consider trying a local anesthetic, such as Orabase or Orajel. These types of over-the-counter gels are often used to help numb the gums of teething babies in order to reduce teething pains and help them sleep. Make sure to only apply as directed, but this can be quite an effective method for reducing braces pain.

Heating Pad

If you have pain in or around your jaw, then you can also use a heating pad to try and reduce the pain. If you don’t have a heating pad, you can get the same effects from a warm washcloth. This is especially beneficial if you experience unbearable pain and ice or cold food hasn’t been helpful. You may have to use a heating pad several times a day to achieve relief from the braces pain.

Over-the-Counter Pain Killers

In some cases the nine ideas above just won’t provide the type of relief needed. If this is the case then you could consider trying over-the-counter painkillers, such as ibuprofen. Be sure to ask your dentist or doctor about proper dosage and only take these if nothing else works.

After your braces are adjusted there may be some discomfort. While it varies for everyone, some people have a harder time with it than others. Keep in mind that the discomfort will fade once your mouth adjusts to the braces or new wire adjustments. In the end, you are going to have a beautiful, healthy smile that will make all the discomfort worthwhile.

How to Alleviate Discomfort after Putting on Braces. Your child has just gotten braces. Your child’s excited to get the perfect smile, and you’re excited to do something good for your child. A few hours later, the downside of having wire and brackets in their mouths set in. Your child can’t eat solid foods, they have to brush after every meal (even snacks!), they’re now self-conscious of whether food gets stuck between their wires, and now they’re in pain. They’re just not having a great time.

How to alleviate orthodontic brace pain

Here are some tips on how to ease the pain for your child. How can you help your child get through this painful process?

Painkillers Will be Your Best Friend

With that being said, do not abuse them. Only let your child have them if they’re in extreme pain. Painkillers like Ibuprofen and the like should do the trick. Be sure to consult your doctor on the recommended dosage. The pain should subside after a week, but if it doesn’t, a trip to the orthodontist to be on the safe side never hurts.

Use a Saline Gargle

Only have your child use a saline gargle if they’re comfortable gargling. If so, have them do it every day until the pain subsides. Use a glass of water and a pinch of salt. This will ease the pain and your child will feel better.

Only Soft Foods for the First Few Days

Your child will be hungry for a few days because it’ll be hard for them to chew foods. They shouldn’t try to eat any crunchy, sticky, or sweet foods. This includes chips, gummy bears, steak, and other similar foods. Instead make sure they eat soft foods, like yogurt, soups, and the like. Solid foods will only hurt their mouth even more, and the food could possibly become stuck in their wires and even knock off their brackets. This means another trip to the office for more pain, so make sure to keep it soft and simple! Speaking of soft foods…

Eat Some Ice Cream!

This is one of the few times when your child will be encouraged to eat sugar! Get your child some ice cream as soon as you can after the procedure is finished. It will relieve swelling and inflammation of the gums. Eating ice cream 1 – 2 times a day should be enough until the pain subsides. Not only will your child receive a cool sensation to dull the pain but they will also get to enjoy a delicious treat in the process.

There’s More…

Soup and Warm Milk Will Help Circulation

Soup and warm milk may not sound like the most appealing liquids, but they’re quite helpful. Heat from these liquids will increase blood circulation in your child’s gums, meaning they will feel less pain.

They Will Hurt But Wear the Rubber Bands

This is probably one of the most painful parts of the process. Rubber bands are used to correct bites. Depending on how the orthodontist tells your child to apply the rubber bands (from back to front or front to back) will correct the child’s overbite or under-bite. It’s extra pressure combined with brackets and wires that are already moving teeth around. It’ll at least keep hooks from digging into the skin, which also causes pain.

Leave the Sores Alone

Sores may form around your child’s teeth from all the pain and movement. They should not touch the sores with their tongue and certainly not with their fingers! It’s like a pimple: They’ll want to get rid of it but they’ll only make the problem worse. They should do their best to control themselves.

No Acidic Drinks

It may be a liquid but it’s an acidic liquid. Drinking something highly acidic will only irritate sores even more. Be sure your child stays away from sodas and citrus fruit juices. Water, milk and other non-acidic drinks will have to do.

How to alleviate orthodontic brace pain

Ice Cubes Are Helpful With Discomfort

If your child has never been the one to eat ice, it would be a good time to start doing so. But they do not need to chew the ice! They should just let the ice sit in their mouths and melt. It will provide the same benefits as ice cream. Chewing the ice may break a bracket and make for more discomfort.

Soft-Bristled Toothbrushes are Your Child’s Best Friend

It may seem like your child needs a toothbrush with hard bristles to get their teeth clean, but this is not the case. A toothbrush with soft bristles is needed to gently clean wires and brackets. Also, be sure your child brushes gently in a circular motion on each bracket.

Mouth Guards Are Helpful

Mouth guards can stop the discomfort your child may feel from the various brackets cutting into their mouth or the wires that are poking the back of their jaw. They’ll definitely have to have one if they’re involved in sports. It can also protect their mouth at night so that your child doesn’t accidentally grind their brackets off in their sleep.

Braces are not something to be taken lightly. A lot of time and dedication is needed to properly care for them. Your child will have to brush more, stay away from some foods permanently while they’re on, deal with pain after every visit to tighten them, take extra care when flossing, and so much more. But it’s all worth it.

Contact us Today

At Beach Braces, you’ll have an orthodontist dedicated to making the process go as smoothly as possible and to ensure your child has the best results. Please feel free to call us. Our phone number is 310-379-0006. Alternatively, you can make an appointment online.

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11 Ways to Alleviate Discomfort [During Braces]

How to alleviate orthodontic brace pain

Dr Patti Panucci attended the University of Louisville School of Dentistry for four years, where she graduated with a DMD degree (May 2000) among the Top 10 in her class. Following that, she headed west to Los Angeles to complete her three-year residency at one of the top-ranked orthodontic programs in the country – the University of Southern California.

Along with her certificate in orthodontics, Dr. Panucci earned a master’s degree in craniofacial biology. During those three years, she fell in love with Southern California beach life and decided that this was where her future lay.

How to alleviate orthodontic brace pain

The topmost solution if you have symmetrical teeth is getting it braced. Braces help your teeth align symmetrically and give you a perfect smile. But it generally comes with few problems like pain, which should not be an obstacle in your way. So, we have an article about Ways to Alleviate Pain When Wearing Braces. To get help, keep reading.

Patience is the key

Be it a student, a workman, a housewife, a bodybuilder, an entrepreneur, or whatever. One of the essential skills that one should possess is the art of being patient. Whenever you push yourself towards your goals or give a slight resistance to your body, it tends to lay back to its initial position. But going back to the initial work means giving up and starting again. So if you want to have that perfect smile like the girl you see in the advertisements and billboards, you need to train yourself to tolerate some pain. This life lesson is going to help you everywhere, be it life or your oral transformation journey.

Many times you must have had a headache. Then what’s the first thing you do? Massage it with oil. Even when your legs or arms are in pain, you follow the same procedure. Because whenever Pacific acid or anybody chemicals accumulate at a place, it tends to swell and leads to pain. Massaging helps spread the acid to a broader area that slowly gets absorbed and causes less pain. You can do the same with your gums too. But don’t forget to apply ice to reduce the swelling. Also, massage g it in a circular motion with two of your fingers will help you relieve the pain soon.

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Orthodontic wax

Braces are pretty harsh for your gums or oral skin. Because braces are generally made up of stainless steel or ceramics, sometimes these braces rub with your gums because of eating food, or talking, or even yawning. This leads to the formation of rashes and may lead to bleeding and pain. In this situation, orthodontic wax can help you to a large extent. The primary function of orthodontic wax is to form a layer that breaks the contact between your brace wire and mouth. Orthodontic wax can cover poking wire and reduce the wear and tear to relieve your pain.

Use oral anesthetic

It should generally be avoided as it has some health disadvantages, but if your pain gets unbearable, you can use Oral anesthetics. On the other hand, the primary function of oral drugs is to make your gums numb for some time so you don’t feel any pain or sensitivity. However, adults can use it by consulting a dentist, but it is not appreciated for young children between 6 to 15 years of age.

Avoid Hard Food and control intake of sugar

It may be a challenge to maintain your braces and take care of your taste buds simultaneously. People who have braces have a few restrictions when it comes to eating habits. Generally, they are advised to have soft meals like bread, rice, vegetables and avoid hard foods like meat, chicken, and sugarcane. Consumption of hard items often increases pressure on the braces, and sometimes it also dislocates the adjustments. So it is generally advised to take soft food items for braced individuals.

If you have a sweet tooth and love candies, cakes, and pastries, then be alert. Sugar tends to weaken gums as it gets sticky when mixed with saliva and doesn’t get rinsed off quickly. As a result, you may experience more pain or bleeding gums if you have braces and do not control your sugar intake.

Rinse with warm water

Earlier, we mentioned massaging your guns with ice, but if you feel uncomfortable or have sensitive gums, then switch to warm water. Get some warm water and rinse it well. You may gargle by putting some salt in it. Gargling with warm water is a traditional technique to avoid oral pain and clean bacteria and germs from your mouth.

So here was an article about Ways to Alleviate Pain When Wearing Braces. Follow the above tips and avoid the pain.

How to alleviate orthodontic brace pain

We love braces here at Aura Orthodontics! Yes, as orthodontists, we’re probably a little biased, but the system of brackets and wires shifts the teeth into place to give patients a smile they love, while also improving their oral health. Though braces sometimes get a bad reputation thanks to the bulkier appliances of the past, today’s braces are smaller, more streamlined and more comfortable than ever before. And while you’ll never feel extreme braces pain, at certain points during your treatment, you may have some tenderness and sensitivity.

To help, we’re sharing everything you need to know about braces and pain, as well as the tips we give our Langley and Surrey braces patients for managing discomfort.

In this post, we’ll cover:

  • Does getting braces hurt?
  • Are braces painful once they’re on?
  • How long do your teeth hurt after getting your braces tightened?
  • Does getting your braces off hurt?
  • How to stop braces pain

Does getting braces hurt?

Nope! Getting braces does not hurt. The process is completely painless and there are no needles involved. Dr. Sharma, Dr. Koo or Dr. Lin, our certified specialists in orthodontics, will use a solution to prep your teeth and then they’ll put the brackets on – it’s sort of like they’re sticking stickers on your teeth. The brackets have an adhesive on them, so they’ll stay put throughout your treatment. Once your brackets are in place, the doctor will thread your archwires through the brackets and that’s it, you’re on your way to a straighter smile.

Are braces painful once they’re on?

While getting braces on doesn’t hurt, your teeth will feel tender afterwards as your new appliance exerts pressure. As we said, you won’t feel severe braces pain, but mild discomfort is par for the course. Your teeth and jaws will be sore for a few days and discomfort should be gone after about a week.

Your brackets, wires and cinches (the wire locks placed in the back of your mouth) can also rub against the inside of your mouth causing irritation. This is normal. Your mouth will “toughen up” and the irritation or rubbing will stop within a few weeks.

How long do your teeth hurt after getting your braces tightened?

Occasionally, your teeth can hurt after getting your braces tightened. This means your braces are doing their job and moving your teeth into their ideal places. Discomfort will be even more mild than it was when you got your braces put on and will disappear more quickly. After having your braces tightened, your teeth will only hurt for a day or two.

Does getting your braces off hurt?

Not at all. Getting your braces off is just as painless as getting them put on, though you may feel a little pressure. Your Surrey or Langley, BC orthodontist will use special tools to gently take out your wires and remove your brackets. They’ll get rid of any leftover adhesive, polish your teeth and let you admire your new smile in the mirror.

How to stop braces pain

Now that you know when your braces can hurt, you’re probably wondering how to stop braces pain. We’ve got you covered. Try these tips to alleviate any discomfort:

1. Head off Soreness Before it Starts

You can take an over-the-counter pain reliever like Tylenol right before your appointment to get your braces put on, which is called your bonding appointment in orthodontist speak. This way, by the time your braces put pressure on your teeth, the pain reliever will be working.

2. Eat Soft Foods

Kick off your first week with braces by sticking with soft foods, as well as cold foods and drinks. The best soft foods for braces include things like protein shakes, smoothies, oatmeal, scrambled eggs, mashed potatoes, applesauce and yogurt. Anything that doesn’t require much chewing and is easy on the mouth will be helpful and cold can offer a bit of numbing. Once sensitivity subsides, you can go back to your usual diet with a few exceptions.

3. Make a DIY Saltwater Mouth Rinse for a Sore Mouth

A saltwater mouth rinse will soothe a sore mouth if your braces are causing irritation. Simply add one teaspoon of salt to a glass of warm water and stir it until the salt dissolves. Swish a mouthful of the solution in your mouth for about 30 seconds and then spit it out. Repeat this until you’ve finished the whole glass. You can use the saltwater mouth rinse for a sore mouth a few times a day.

How to alleviate orthodontic brace pain

4. Apply an Oral Anesthetic

Another way to combat braces irritation is to use an oral anesthetic like Orajel. Rub the product on your gums or any sores or blisters to numb them. Once your mouth gets acclimated to your appliance, the irritation will stop and you won’t need the oral anesthetic anymore.

How to alleviate orthodontic brace pain

5. Use Orthodontic Wax

When you start your treatment, we’ll give you orthodontic relief wax. Put it on the parts of your braces that are bothering you to act as a buffer between your appliance and your mouth.

Here’s how to use wax for braces:

  • Dry off the areas of your braces that are rubbing against your mouth with a clean tissue or cotton swab.
  • Break off a piece of wax.
  • Roll the wax between your fingers to warm it up.
  • Place the wax where you want it and gently flatten it against your braces.

How to alleviate orthodontic brace pain

6. Use Your Toothbrush to Combat Swollen Gums With Braces

When you don’t have braces on your teeth, you stimulate your gums every time you chew food, especially raw, fibrous foods like carrots and apples, which increases blood flow. When you get braces put on, however, the brackets and wires reduce the amount of contact between the food and your gums.

If you notice you have swollen gums with braces, use your toothbrush to brush and gently massage your gums and the area of your teeth between your braces and gumline. Not only will this help prevent cavities, it should also reduce swelling and tenderness by providing the necessary stimulation.

If swollen gums with braces persist or are accompanied by bad breath, bleeding and redness, you could have gingivitis. Be sure to brush and floss thoroughly and regularly to keep your gums healthy and schedule a visit with your general dentist to evaluate the issue.

7. Take an Over-the-Counter Pain Reliever

If you’ve tried our other tips and you’re still uncomfortable, taking an over-the-counter pain reliever can be a good way to stop braces pain. Take whatever you’d normally take for a headache according to the dosage instructions on the package or from your doctor.

By knowing what helps with braces pain and how to find relief, you’ll have a comfortable, successful smile journey. And, remember, if you ever feel anything more than mild braces pain, give our office a call and we’ll assess what’s causing it and fix the problem.

If you haven’t started treatment yet and you’d like to learn about the different types of braces we offer and which option is the best choice for you, schedule a consultation at our Langley or Surrey, BC orthodontic office today!

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Brushing too hard can cause irritation of the gums surrounding your teeth. Try brushing lightly or you may even find it beneficial to apply a softer brush head to solve this problem.

Foods

Eating hard, sticky or chewy foods can cause discomfort for braces wearers. Hard foods apply unnecessary pressure on your teeth and can lead to discomfort.

How to alleviate orthodontic brace pain

Poor cleaning technique

Brushing and flossing is essential regardless of whether you wear braces or not. Flossing in particular can help to remove stubborn food particles and reduce the risk of plaque build-up.

How to alleviate orthodontic brace pain

Flossing around the braces (particularly the metal wires) is very important and must be performed at least twice a day or between meals if you prefer.

Try to remember to be patient

While it may not be possible to get rid of braces pain instantly, the above mentioned should help alleviate any discomfort quickly. It’s important to be patient with regards to your braces pain, especially if they have only just been applied. Your mouth will take time to adjust to its new housing and while getting rid of braces pain overnight may not be realistic, taking the appropriate medication will speed up the process.

Do you require braces?

We provide exceptional brace options to patients of all ages. For more information on how we can offer you the smile you deserve, please do not hesitate to get in touch with our friendly staff today.

How to alleviate orthodontic brace pain

Approximately 4 million people now wear in the US. That, according to the same source, represents a mighty leap versus previous years, and the numbers only keep on growing!

Gone are the days of braces making you the odd one out!

Nowadays, you’re more likely to stand out in the schoolyard if you don’t have them fitted.

The enormous rise in orthodontic treatment is great for our oral health, and for reducing the long-held stigma that existed around wearing braces.

However, it isn’t all great! Braces pain, for instance, can be a mighty bugbear for anyone going through orthodontic treatment. Thankfully, though, there are numerous ways to relieve it!

Looking for ways to do exactly that?

Read on to discover 9 solutions for easing the discomfort caused by braces.

1. Warm Salt Baths

Braces have a nasty habit of creating cuts and sores in your mouth.

The wires can dig in, the metal might rub, and before you know it your mouth’s a hotbed of hurt! Coupled with the general ache of tightened wires, the discomfort can quickly mount.

One of the best solutions is to gargle and rinse with warm saltwater.

Boil the kettle, wait for the water to cool, and mix in some salt. Then, when the temperature’s dropped, take a mouthful and move it around your mouth for 60 seconds or so.

When you’re done, spit it out and repeat if necessary.

The combination of salt and heat works wonders for healing whatever’s going on in your mouth! You’ll feel a swift reduction in pain, and the wounds will heal faster too.

2. Ice (Or Anything Cold!)

Anything cold can be used to good effect as well.

Think about what you do when you twist an ankle or suffer any other injury. Oftentimes, you’ll rest it and pop an icepack on the affected area, right? The cold helps numb the pain and reduce any inflammation.

Use the same methodology for your mouth and you’ll enjoy exactly the same outcome!

Assuming your teeth aren’t too sensitive, grab yourself some ice and keep it in your mouth against the sore area. You could also use this as a good excuse to eat some ice cream—the cold should genuinely help soothe the pain.

3. Hot Peppermint Tea Bags

Just made yourself a cup of peppermint tea?

Don’t let the bag (or the leaves) go to waste! You can use it as another home remedy for your braces pain. They’re packed full of remedial properties that can reduce the inflammation and soreness.

Any residual heat in the teabag will have a positive effect as well. Simply hold the used peppermint teabag (it should be wet and warm) against the affected area to feel a reduction in discomfort.

As a quick aside, peppermint essential oil could be used for the same purpose. Get your hands on some and add a few drops to the painful part(s) of your mouth. It’ll help numb and soothe the area.

4. Heat Pads

As you’ve gathered by now, heat is your friend when trying to relieve any oral pain.

Heating pads are another way to harness its healing effects. If your jaw’s feeling sore (inside or out), then try holding a heating pad against the area.

Use the heating pad as often as you need it.

FYI, a warm washcloth can be used in exactly the same way.

5. Avoiding Harder Foods

Soft foods for the win!

You’ll know as well as anybody with braces how sore it can be to eat hard, tough or crunchy foods. Your jaw, gums, lips, and cheeks can all suffer in the process of chewing them.

Remember, the tightening of your braces tends to make everything that bit more sensitive. The inflammation that arises can cause serious discomfort when anything rubs up against it.

Stick to softer foods such as soups and smoothies until the pain subsides.

6. Dental/Orthodontic Wax

Orthodontic wax is another solution for braces pain.

Never heard of it? Well, shame on your orthodontist!

As you know, it’s all too common for the metal of your braces to rub up against the inside of your cheeks and gums. Sores, scratches, cuts, and general irritation all occur as a result.

And they’re never fun to deal with.

The wax is used to coat the metal and reduce the irritation is can cause. It creates a barrier between the sharp metal and your soft mouth, thereby making irritation less likely.

7. Gum Massage

Love a good shoulder, foot, or back massage?

What about a gum massage?

Give it a go! You’ll be surprised how soothing it can be when you’re struggling with soreness. Use your fingers to gently rub the affected area. Sure, you’ll look a bit odd and get drool everywhere, but the sweet relief will make it all worthwhile.

8. Pain Killers

The aforementioned natural remedies can all provide effective relief from brace pain.

Sometimes, though, the pain is at a level that chemical help is required. When that’s the case, over the counter pain killers can make a mighty difference.

Raid your cupboards or head to the local chemist for paracetamol, ibuprofen or something similar. Stick to the recommended dosage, wait a few minutes, and you should start feeling far better.

Remember, though, that it might not be dealing with the root problem.

The pain will ease, but the sore area might remain. When the pain killer wears off you’re back to square one.

9. Quality Dental Hygiene

A quick one to finish:

Being rigorous with your oral hygiene is crucial for preventing problems and helping them heal.

Be sure to clean your teeth and braces as well as you can, being gentle and thorough if the pain’s already present.

Time to Relieve Your Braces Pain

Braces are becoming increasingly prevalent and accepted in society.

Alas, the practical challenges of wearing braces, such as braces pain, remain! Hopefully, though, this post has provided a selection of useful tips to relieve ay discomfort you’re experiencing.

Are you looking to start orthodontic treatment? Contact us today to see how we can assist you.

Getting braces is almost a rite of passage. Over 80% of those who wear braces on their teeth are children or teenagers, but there are plenty of adults that wear them too. At the risk of stating the obvious, braces are an orthodontic treatment used to straighten and realign the teeth. Braces work to correct such problems like crooked teeth, overbites and underbites, incorrect jaw positioning, and overcrowding. Getting rid of these issues can protect the patient from other dental problems in the future. And as you can imagine, moving your permanent teeth into a more desirable position is bound to result in some soreness or discomfort. But if your teeth do hurt after getting braces, there are things you can do to ease the pain!

What To Expect When Getting Braces

One of the first questions everyone asks their orthodontist is – do braces hurt? Well, actually, getting braces applied to the teeth does not hurt. When you visit your orthodontist, the first thing they will do is apply some bands to your back molars. You may feel some pinching or pressure, but no pain. Then your orthodontist will apply glue to your teeth and put a metal bracket on each tooth. Once there is a bracket in place on each tooth, they will connect them together with wire and secure it all with elastic bands. The entire process will take under two hours. You will probably leave the office feeling just fine. However, after a few hours, you will start to experience some discomfort. This is because the braces put pressure on your teeth and gums to move them into proper alignment, and this takes some time to acclimate to.

The First Few Days

You will be dealing with some pain or discomfort when you first get your braces. In fact, the first few days will be the most uncomfortable. The pain associated with your braces will lessen in time, but during the first week, be prepared to experience some mild discomfort. The pain will feel like more of a dull ache than a sharp, acute type of pain. You may feel extra pain when chewing, so plan on eating soft foods and know that it may take longer to eat meals at the beginning. Your mouth also needs to get used to having the braces in the first place. You may even have some soreness on your inner cheeks and or some shallow cuts on your tongue from the wires cutting into the tissue. You can expect it to take about one month before you fully adjust to having your braces, and within six months you’ll likely not even notice they’re there!

Adjustments To The Braces

During the one to two years you have your braces, you will have regular follow-up orthodontic appointments every four to eight weeks. During these orthodontic appointments, adjustments are made to your braces so that your teeth are continually moving into correct alignment. These adjustments include bending the wires to make sure your braces are doing their job or exchanging lighter wires for heavier ones or vice versa. You’ll also have rubber bands that stretch from the top of your jaw to the bottom of your jaw to correct things such as crossbite and also to make sure that your teeth are moving properly. One of the most fun things about wearing braces is that you can change the color of your rubber bands to match your mood! Your teeth may feel some pain or discomfort associated with each adjustment, but it won’t last more than two or three days.

Tips For Relief

There are definitely ways to find relief from all that drama going on inside your mouth. Over the counter pain medication, such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen can help when you get your braces, or after an adjustment. Rinsing your mouth with warm salt water can have a soothing effect and may help alleviate some of the pain or discomfort. You can also try and apply an ice pack to the outside of your mouth to reduce inflammation and numb some of the pain. If chewing is painful, stick to softer foods that don’t require a lot of pressure to eat. Good foods for the first few days are mashed potatoes, yogurt, and pasta. The coldness from eating ice cream can also soothe your mouth and take away some of the soreness.

If you find that you are developing mouth sores from the wires or brackets poking into places, you can use orthodontic wax. This is a special wax that helps protect your mouth from the brackets of your braces. Your orthodontist can teach you how to use the wax, which you apply to the brackets causing you discomfort. Just remember that you will have to take the wax off before brushing your teeth and then reapply it after your done.

When To See The Orthodontist

Braces hurt a little when they are new, or after an adjustment appointment, but it shouldn’t be more than an annoyance. This type of pain should be minor and people should be able to get relief using the techniques discussed above. If you find yourself in a large amount of pain that is resistant to home comfort measures, don’t hesitate to call your orthodontist. It’s also possible that your braces may break, or a wire can come loose and poke into your cheek or gum line. If any of these things happen to you, consider it an orthodontic emergency and make an appointment right away.

So, Do Braces Hurt Your Teeth?

The short answer is yes, but the benefits of getting braces far outweigh the mild soreness and discomfort associated with straightening your teeth. If your teeth hurt, a little over the counter pain medication goes a long way, or if you prefer a more natural route, ice and heat can work wonders. Braces fix a lot of alignment problems, relieve TMJ pressure on your joints and improve the aesthetics of your face and your smile. So if you need braces, take on the adventure and reap the benefits of that bright, beautiful smile! And don’t forget to stay on top of your routine dental visits. Regular cleanings are arguably even more important when you have braces. So schedule your appointment today!