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Experiencing pain while wearing braces? Some people experience increased tooth sensitivity during the first few days of using braces as the teeth shift and straighten. This can cause some discomfort and even pain.
If your braces are painful, there are things you can do to relieve the pain and make them more comfortable. Before calling your orthodontist, here are a few tips to try.
Over-the-counter medications, such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen, can help relieve any pain or discomfort caused by braces. Follow the instructions on the package when taking any type of pain medication.
However, remember that pain medications are not meant for long-term use, so you should contact Kyle Orthodontics if the pain persists.
Another trick is to use cold water ice. Once you get back from your orthodontic treatment, take a cold glass of ice water to help numb your mouth and relieve the pain that comes with braces.
Rubbing an oral anesthetic, such as Anbesol or Orajel, on the sensitive part of the teeth or gums can also help relieve braces pain. These anesthetics desensitize the affected area, so you don’t feel the pain and discomfort of the moving teeth. You can use your finger or a soft cotton swab to apply your anesthetics.
Unlike hard foods, soft foods require less chewing and are easier to swallow. This can help reduce the pain that comes with braces. Consuming soft foods can also help reduce friction between the braces and the teeth, which can cause pain. Because they are easier to digest, soft food can also minimize the inflammation of the gums caused by braces.
Keeping your teeth and braces clean can help reduce irritation and soreness. Food will stick on the wires and brackets, and if not cleaned properly, they can cause gum inflammation or tooth decay.
Brushing and flossing frequently can help reduce the amount of plaque and bacteria that can accumulate around the brackets and cause pain and discomfort. You can also use a fluoride mouthwash to help minimize plaque buildup and reduce the chances of cavities.
Giving your gums a gentle massage can go a long way to reducing braces pain. Using a soft-bristled toothbrush or finger, gently massage your teeth and gums long enough to relieve some of the pain you may be feeling. In addition to reducing pain, gum massage can improve circulation in the gums and reduce discomfort.
At Kyle Orthodontics, our dentists are experts in orthodontic treatment. We can work through your problem, whether it is adult orthodontics or early orthodontic treatment. Call Kyle Orthodontics at (512) 262-7895 to book an appointment with Dr. Tessler today.