Why Do Braces Hurt? How to Relieve Braces Pain

Why Do Braces Hurt? How to Relieve Braces Pain

10/31/2022 5:00:00 PM   |   Comments: 0   |   Views: 32
Braces are the ultimate form of orthodontic therapy. They change your appearance and can help you achieve the smile you have always dreamed of, while also preventing future issues from occurring. The goal of wearing braces is to straighten your teeth, so they appear the same size and shape to the naked eye. 
A lot of people don't realize that braces can cause discomfort too. In fact, some people experience more pain than others. This might be for several reasons: There could be too much pressure on your teeth, or it may be the way you have been adjusted during the entire process. Learning how to prevent braces pain naturally is important since you cannot go to the dentist every time you feel a twinge or need pain relief, and this blog will talk about the same.


How to Relieve Braces Pain:

1. Eat Soft Foods
If you have braces, you know they can cause pain and discomfort. But there are ways to help ease the pain. One way is to eat soft foods.
Some good soft food options are: applesauce, mashed potatoes, scrambled eggs, oatmeal, macaroni and cheese, soup, and yogurt. These foods will be gentle on your teeth and gums and won’t aggravate your braces. There are also some things you should avoid eating with braces. Hard foods like nuts, candy, and ice can break brackets or wires and cause pain. So when in doubt, go for the softer option.
2. Use Orthodontic Wax
Orthodontic wax is a sticky, pliable wax that you can apply to your braces to help cover up sharp edges. It is safe to use and easy to find (you can even buy it online). Plus, it's relatively inexpensive. Applying orthodontic wax is simple: just take a small piece of wax and mold it around the offending area on your braces. The wax will help cushion your gums and lips, and protect them from the sharp edges of your braces. If you are experiencing pain from your braces, give orthodontic wax a try. It may just be the relief you need!
3. Oral Anesthetics
Oral anesthetics are medications that numb your mouth, throat, and lips. These medicines may be used to relieve pain caused by braces.
Oral anesthetics help reduce or prevent pain in the jaw and teeth. They work by numbing the nerves that transmit signals from the brain to the jaw and teeth. Some types of oral anesthetics also cause drowsiness or reduce muscle activity, which reduces the feeling of discomfort. There are several different types of oral anesthetics, including benzocaine and lidocaine, which are most effective in reducing pain and inflammation. If you have problems swallowing pills or tablets, ask your doctor about alternative forms of oral medication that may be easier for you to take.
4. Good Dental Hygiene
Good dental hygiene is the best way to prevent braces pain. Braces are designed to straighten your teeth, but they also provide a lot of pressure on the teeth and gums. If you don't brush and floss regularly, plaque can build up on your teeth, making them more vulnerable to decay. Brushing twice a day with fluoride toothpaste helps prevent tooth decay and gum disease,. Brush in a circular motion, not just across your teeth. Try not to miss any spots where
plaque may be hiding. Floss at least once daily after you brush your teeth to remove food particles that can irritate gums or give bacteria a place to grow.
5. Over-the-Counter Pain Medication
Over-the-counter pain medication can help relieve some of the discomfort associated with braces. If you have a prescription, talk to your doctor about which medications are best for you. The most common over-the-counter pain medication that's recommended for braces is acetaminophen (Tylenol). It can also be taken when you are not experiencing any pain. Acetaminophen lowers your body temperature and blood pressure, decreasing inflammation and relieving pain.Another option is ibuprofen (Advil). Ibuprofen and acetaminophen are similar in that they both work by reducing inflammation, but they have different side effects that may be important to consider when choosing one over the other. Ibuprofen tends to cause more stomach upset than acetaminophen does, so if you need to take it with food or drink, consider taking it at bedtime instead of in the morning.
Final Thoughts
There are a number of ways to treat and prevent braces pain, but it is important to remember that everyone reacts differently to orthodontic treatment.  Many people find relief by following the tips we outlined above. But do not be discouraged if they don't offer immediate and complete relief. Being mindful while going through orthodontic treatment will help you have a better overall experience.
Category: Orthodontics
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