5 Tips for Braces Pain Relief

5 Tips for Braces Pain Relief
Posted on 01/23/2020
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5 Tips for Braces Pain Relief

At Tilghman Orthodontics, our mission is to help our patients achieve healthy, beautiful smiles through comprehensive orthodontic care. While we offer a wide range of convenient treatments, the most popular is still traditional metal braces – and as with any orthodontic treatment, wearing braces often comes with a little discomfort. Soreness and discomfort from braces is usually mild and fades fast, but if you recently started wearing braces and are looking for easy ways to minimize discomfort, these tips can help. 

How to Relieve Pain from Braces

Are your teeth feeling sore after starting braces or getting them adjusted? You're not alone, and thankfully, there are plenty of ways to alleviate this discomfort. Here are 5 powerful tips to relieve pain from braces and help you stay comfortable during orthodontic treatment:

- Keep It Chill: One low-tech way to improve comfort is to use ice packs or homemade cold compresses. Using a bag of frozen peas or corn on the face can help soothe sore teeth and jaws. 

- Rinse with Warm Salt Water: In other cases, heat and salt are the best medicine. A warm salt water rinse both alleviates discomfort and helps to disinfect any cuts or abrasions in the mouth, which can cause pain. 

- Orthodontic Wax: If one specific part of your braces is sticking out and bothering you, try covering it with a piece of dental wax. This will protect your mouth tissue long enough for you to adjust to the new hardware. 

- Over-the-Counter Painkillers: Another great
option is over-the-counter pain relievers like acetaminophen or ibuprofen, which reduce inflammation and reduce discomfort. 

- Stick with Softies: Especially towards the beginning of treatment, your teeth and gums will be sensitive, and biting down on food can aggravate this. Try sticking with a diet of softer foods to reduce pressure on your teeth as you adjust to your new braces. 

Schedule a Consultation with Your Salisbury, MD Orthodontist

We hope these tips make it easier for you to manage the early discomfort of braces, and if you have more questions, we're always here to help. Feel free to contact us if you'd like more tips for managing braces pain, but remember that it's only temporary – and your new smile will last forever. No matter where you are in the treatment process, we look forward to helping you achieve a gorgeous new smile!