How to Relieve Braces Pain

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Did you just finish your appointment to get your braces on? Or did you get a wire adjustment? You may be experiencing some discomfort with orthodontic treatment. But how long will this discomfort last and what can you do to relieve it? Here are some tips from your orthodontist in

How to Relieve Braces Pain

  1. Over-the-counter pain medicine. Your orthodontist in Plymouth may recommend painkillers to help curb soreness. This can ease some of your pain and discomfort after your orthodontic appointment. Make sure to read and follow the instructions on the medicine and adhere to dosage instructions carefully. You should not take OTC pain medicine on a long term basis as this can cause complications.
  2. Ice packs. Cold compresses can reduce inflammation and act as a numbing agent for your mouth to reduce your pain. You can also drink a glass of cold water to soothe your gums and teeth.
  3. Stick to softer foods. Take a break from foods that require a lot of chewing until the pain eases. You should avoid anything hard, sticky, or chewy while you have braces. Mashed potatoes, pastas, soups, yogurt, etc are all good options that will help while you wait for the discomfort to go away. If you have Invisalign in Livonia you may experience an adjustment period each time you switch your set of aligners. Be gentle with your mouth, and choose softer foods.
  4. Use some of your wax. You should receive some wax from your orthodontist in Livonia. This can act as a cushion to help protect the inside of your lips and cheeks as you adjust to the braces. Take a bit of orthodontic wax and mold it to fit over the area that is bothering you. If you are able to dry the area first, it will stick longer.
  5. Warm salt water rinses help relieve some irritation caused by wires and brackets. Combined with wax you can heal sore spots along your cheek and lips.
  6. Massage your gums. In a circular motion with one of your fingers, gently massage your gums to relax and soothe your swollen gums.
  7. Be patient. Keep your end goal in mind: a healthy, beautiful smile. The discomfort should only last a few days, but your new smile will last for decades with proper care and consistent retainer wear.

If you have any questions or need further assistance, feel free to call or text Masri Orthodontics in Livonia. We are happy to serve you.

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