When you get your braces tightened, it’s very common to feel some soreness for a couple of days afterward. This is actually a good thing because it means your braces are working. The soreness is normal and temporary. That doesn’t mean you have to suffer though! Here are some top tips for easing any discomfort you are experiencing
Munch on Soft Foods
When your teeth are aching, you will likely not feel like eating foods that require a lot of chewing. Try soft foods such as soup, smoothies, mashed potatoes, pasta, and yogurt.
Reach for Cold Treats
Cold is very soothing for braces pain and can help to reduce inflammation. A nice slushy, milkshake, or popsicle may be just the ticket! Be sure to brush your teeth when you’re done.
Massage Your Gums
Just like for any other aching body part, massage may help ease your discomfort. Gently massage the gums with a clean fingertip.
Use Orthodontic Wax
Sometimes our mouths can become irritated by brackets or wires. Dry off the offending piece as best as you can with a tissue, then mold a small piece of wax over the area. Reapply as needed.
Swish with Warm Salt Water
Warm up some water, add a bit of salt, and swish. Spit and repeat! The warmth is comforting, and the salt water can ease irritation.
Gnaw on a Frozen Teething Ring
You’ll feel silly, but a frozen teething ring can help a lot!
Try an Oral Anesthetic
Oral anesthetics like Orajel can be applied with a cotton swab or clean fingertip. Follow the instructions on the product packaging.
Use Over-the-Counter Pain Relievers
Pain relievers like ibuprofen or acetaminophen work great for braces pain. Take at the dosage and frequency you would use for a headache. You’ll feel better in no time!
Hang in there! As your treatment goes on and your teeth get straighter, getting your braces tightened will hurt less. Feel free to reach out to us at our San Tan Valley practice if you have questions about braces discomfort. At Peterson Family Orthodontics, it is always our pleasure to help you with any orthodontic concerns.