If you are dreaming of straighter teeth or seeking solutions for mouth and jaw pain, it’s probably time to visit an orthodontist. Chances are, that orthodontist will suggest braces or Invisalign as a way for you to achieve the results you desire.
Orthodontic treatment (braces or Invisalign) is the most common and proven way to straighten teeth efficiently with little to no side effects.
However, it is common for people to experience minor discomfort during their first weeks with braces. It’s like doing a new exercise; your teeth haven’t been asked to move in that direction before. Your lips or cheeks may rub up against the brackets. While your mouth will adjust quickly, you may want to take extra steps to ease the transition.
At Cosmopolitan Orthodontics, we do our best to prepare and equip you to deal with this discomfort and eliminate it as much as possible. Here are a few simple tips and tricks.
Regular over the counter pain medications, such as Tylenol or ibuprofen, can be helpful is reducing soreness. If you know your teeth get sore after your orthodontist appointments it can be helpful to take pain medication before to ease discomfort during and after your appointment.
Ice pack or cold ice water
Just like any other mild pain in your body, an ice pack or drinking cold water can help reduce discomfort in your mouth. Cold temperatures will help reduce inflammation and slightly numb the painful areas.
You may find it hard to eat when you first get braces. Your mouth is not used to the foreign material, and your teeth are a bit sore. Soft foods will be the way to go until your mouth can grow accustomed to your new braces. Plan ahead to have snacks and meal options that don’t overwork your sore teeth and jaw, you will be thankful you were prepared and didn’t pack a crunchy or chewy granola bar.
We will send you home with orthodontic wax. The purpose of this wax is to protect your cheeks, lips, and gums until they grow accustomed to your new braces. These areas inside your mouth can be sensitive. You can apply the wax over the brackets on your teeth to give them a softer edge and prevent them from rubbing up against the inside of your mouth.
Good dental hygiene
Taking care of your teeth is always a good idea, but practicing good dental hygiene is even more important with braces. You don’t want to pile on the pain of swollen gums or having a cavity on top of the discomfort of new braces. Be sure to continue to take good care of your teeth by brushing and flossing regularly. We would be happy to show you the best way to brush and floss with braces at any of your appointments.
One of the best ways to ease discomfort from braces is to have patience. Know that your mouth will get used to the new brackets and wires that come with braces. Soon you will see your new smile develop and it will be worth it!
At Cosmopolitan Orthodontics near Apple Valley we have helped countless patients navigate their way through the first few months of braces, including managing discomfort. We would love to help you take care of your teeth and have you well on your way to a healthier, straighter smile in no time!