If you want to achieve the smile of your dreams then having braces fitted or wearing removable braces is definitely worth it. That isn’t to say that you still won’t experience some level of discomfort or pain after you get your brace fitted for the first time. However, this is only temporary and the idea of having straight teeth will outweigh any discomfort, plus there are always ways to relieve the brace pain.
Here are 6 tips to get rid of brace pain or discomfort:
Take over-the-counter pain relief
Before you go for your appointment to get your braces fitted or to have them tightened, take one dose of pain relief as this should start working before the pain or discomfort starts. Make sure to always read the instructions on pain relief and never take more than the recommended dosage.
Use an oral anaesthetic
You can use oral anaesthetic to desensitise your mouth for when your braces are fitted. This can be bought over-the-counter but make sure you speak to your orthodontist before using it.
Apply orthodontic wax
If you have a fixed brace fitted, when this is first applied you may feel the metal rub against your cheek or gums causing some discomfort. We will provide you with orthodontic wax in your brace care kit that can be applied to the surface of the offending metal to stop any sores from developing.
Eat softer foods
When you first get your braces fitted or after an appointment of getting your braces tightened we advise that you avoid any hard or crunchy foods that can aggravate the discomfort further. Eating softer foods won’t irritate your sensitive mouth as much.
Drink cold water
Taking regular sips of ice-cold water helps to numb the pain or discomfort sensation in your mouth and can decrease any inflammation of sore gums.
Rinse with saltwater
By rinsing your mouth with a warm saltwater solution this will not only alleviate any discomfort you may be experiencing but it will also help to prevent any infection. Make sure not to swallow the saltwater and simply gargle/swill your mouth for 60 seconds.
We understand that braces can feel uncomfortable when you first get them fitted. However, this is only temporary and soon enough you will have your braces removed. By following those 6 tips you should be able to keep some of the brace pain or discomfort to a minimum.
If you are looking to start brace treatment or have any questions regarding your current brace treatment, please contact us on 0161 622 0987.
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