Pain from braces is normal and to be expected. Braces help guide your teeth into alignment. They give you the perfect, straight smile you’ve always wanted. Immediately following obtaining braces, sores may occur as the braces rub against the inside of your mouth. After your braces have been tightened, you may experience some soreness from the added tension. Here are a few ways to help you reduce pain from braces.
Dental wax can help prevent sores from occurring on the inside of your mouth. It forms a protective layer between the wire of your braces and the vulnerable inside of your mouth. Preventing sores from forming is the best way to prevent the pain they cause.
Topical Numbing Cream
Topical numbing agents can help eliminate the pain caused after the sores have formed. Many of these agents can also be used to form a barrier against bacteria. This can help the sore heal safely and prevent infection.
Salt Water Rinse
Rinsing your mouth with salt water can help the sores from your braces heal faster.
It is important to try to eat foods that will help with the pain. Avoid hard foods that put pressure on your teeth. Hot and cold foods can help ease the overall pain. Cold foods can numb the mouth. Hot foods can release the tension that occurs after tightening the wires.
Over-the-Counter Pain Medicine
Take over-the-counter pain medication prior to your orthodontist appointment. This can help stop the pain before it begins.
Braces can be painful but they provide significant benefits. They straighten your teeth and can significantly increase your confidence in your appearance. Unfortunately, pain is a necessary part of the straightening procedure. To learn more about reducing the pain from braces, contact us at Mt. Ogden Dental Clinic today!