One of the most common questions that we get asked about metal or train-track braces is, do they cause discomfort? Read this blog to find out the answer, along with some easy ways to ease brace pain.
What are train-track braces?
Metal train-track braces are made up of metal brackets and wires that are attached to your teeth using elastic bands. Over time these braces apply subtle pressure to your teeth, which allows them to move into a straighter position.
Do train-track braces cause discomfort?
The answer to this question is yes. However, there is no reason to worry as this discomfort should only last for a few days, just while your teeth get used to the new pressure they are under. Train-track braces are made to be a more comfortable appliance, but this doesn’t mean that you won’t feel some aches and pains during your treatment.
What can I do to soothe brace discomfort?
If at any point of your brace treatment you do start to feel some discomfort or even pain, then there are a few ways that you can soothe it.
Rinse your mouth with saltwater
Even though metal braces are fixed to your teeth, they can still irritate the skin in your mouth that is sensitive. As your braces are constantly rubbing against your skin, they can cause sores which will add to the discomfort of your braces. To help with this, we suggest rinsing your mouth out with a saltwater solution. Add half a teaspoon of salt to a cup of warm water and stir until it is dissolved. Swish the solution around your mouth for one minute and then spit it out.
Eat ice cream
Cold foods such as ice cream or even a simple glass of ice water can be a big help in reducing inflammation and brace discomfort. It numbs the area by reducing blood flow to the inflamed area and nerve activity, which will result in some relief.
We also provide orthodontic wax which can be applied to the brace if it starts to irritate the inside of your mouth.
If your brace pain or discomfort lasts longer than a week then we recommend that you contact our practice of 0161 768 0931 and book an appointment to get it checked out.