There’s no denying it: getting your teeth straightened can be slightly uncomfortable. When the metal wires and brackets are adjusted, your teeth can feel some pressure, but all is not lost. There are many things you can do to make the experience better for yourself. Here are some easy tips to alleviate the discomfort that may come with braces.
Stick to Soft Food
Make sure your diet isn’t making things worse. Stay away from hard or sticky foods that could get caught in braces or aggravate your mouth. After your appointment, we recommend soft foods like smoothies, yogurt, and mashed potatoes.
Ice Your Mouth
If your mouth is swollen, press ice packs to your cheeks to relieve pressure. You can even suck on an ice cube to numb your mouth--just don’t crunch on that ice with your teeth, because that will cause your mouth to ache more down the line. Eating popsicles are also a popular choice to alleviate soreness, especially for kids.
Rinse with Salt Water
If your braces are causing sores in your mouth, try rinsing with warm salt water. This simultaneously cleans your mouth while soothing your discomfort.
Don’t forget about orthodontic wax! If your wires are poking into your cheeks, orthodontic wax is one of the fastest ways you can help yourself feel better.
Topical anesthetic creams are your friend! Try gels like Orabase or Orajel to temporarily relieve pain.
Remember to always wear a mouthguard while playing sports. This will protect your braces and teeth from damage.
OTC Pain Meds
Taking an over-the-counter pain medication is one of the easiest ways to alleviate discomfort caused by braces.
It’s not always easy having braces, but just remember how amazing your smile will look once you finally get them off! If you have questions about braces, contact our office to speak to our friendly team.