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How to Relieve Pain Caused by Braces

by Dr. Amer Hussain, on Sep 15, 2019 2:30:00 PM

Getting your braces adjusted or tighten can lead to some discomfort to say the least. Regardless if this was your first adjustment or your tenth, whether it’s headaches from the pressure of tightened wire or feeling like someone constantly has their hand over your teeth; we’ve come up with some tips to help keep you as pain-free and comfortable as possible. 


Drink or munch on something on the cool side

Now, we are not recommending freezies, ice cream and milkshakes for all your meals but we do recommend them for easing the pain.  The Canadian Association of Orthodontists recommends cold food and drinks can help reduce the inflammation and numb parts of your mouth. 

If you eat, choose soft foods

Since your teeth will most likely be sensitive after they shift soup, jello, pasta and other soft food will be your best (and tasty) companion. Soft food are easier to chew and let's be honest, you’re going to want that.

Our advice is to grab the ice

Not just a cute little rhyme, ice and ice packs are a great remedy to help ease the inflammation and general soreness. Sometimes it helps to treat this type of pain as you would a sore muscle. Applying an ice pack to the outside of the mouth will help decrease inflammation and oral discomfort as well. 


When in doubt, drink cold water

Ice cold water is a cheap and quick way to ease discomfort after getting those wires tweaked. The cold temperature will provide a numbing sensation inside your mouth as well as help your sore gums as well.


Wax on, pain off

We don’t need to tell you that your inner cheeks and lips take a little bit of abuse from the braces. Whether you have a pokey wire or a bracket brushing up against the insides of your mouth, a little orthodontic wax goes a long way.


Brush softly with a soft bristle brush

Just because your mouth is sensitive isn’t an excuse not to brush. Using a soft bristle brush will help ease pain and keep your mouth healthy.


Over the counter pain relief isn’t out of the question

If you want to be preemptive  and take pain relief medication an hour before your appointment, it can help ease any future discomfort as they tighten your braces. Any of the regular brands should work as long as you follow the usage directions on the container. It’s not recommended to take pain pills regularly since overuse is dangerous. 



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