braces pain relief home remedies

It is not something anyone looks forward to having metal in their mouths.

Braces can be painful and embarrassing. They require extra effort and time to keep your teeth clean.

These things are all happening to some people right now. Others will be experiencing them in the future. Some others have experienced it. Veteran dentists will tell you to always have a spare toothbrush, floss, mouthwash and a pick for your teeth.

You probably have a few school and work photos that are still in your family’s house. They may show a sad, tight-lipped smile rather than a cheesy smile from years past. Many of you have vivid memories of the pain that followed each of your orthodontist visits.

For people who played or loved soccer, taking a football to the face often resulted in bleeding lips due to the impact of the braces.

OTC PAIN MEDICATIONS BRACES PAIN RELIEF

Bring some ibuprofen if you have to miss work or school (always a bonus) in order to make an appointment with your orthodontist. You shouldn’t go back to work without taking a few ibuprofen tablets to ease some of the pain.

The wire tightening sessions can be more painful than others, especially in winter when your lips and face are chapped. In those cases, small doses of anti-inflammatory medication can be useful.

Ask your dentist or other medical professional how often and how often you should be taking OTC pain medication.

GARGLE TO RELIEVE YOUR PAIN

Gargle with salt water, hydrogen peroxide, or green tea to ease braces pain.

These solutions all have healing, soothing, anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties which will make any throbbing or sensitivity in your mouth disappear.

Mix 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon salt with an 8-ounce glass warm water to make a saltwater solution. Mix one part hydrogen peroxide with one part water to make a hydrogen peroxide mixture. It’s easy enough.

Eating and drinking delicious foods and beverages

The long list of foods you should avoid is one of the first things that you will learn after you have braces. These foods can be difficult to remove, and are often harmful to braces.

Although the list may seem long, there are many foods that can actually ease your pain.

Drinking cold food or drink will cause swelling to decrease in your mouth, much like if you were ice a cut. Popsicles, ice cream and ice cubes are all acceptable. To soothe pain, you can drink smoothies and frozen drinks – even a glass of water –

On the other hand, hot food and drink would be like applying heat to a sore throat. You can soothe your mouth with hot tea or coffee, as well as mashed potatoes, soups, and oatmeal.

Avoid acidic drinks such as orange juice or harsh sodas. They can corrode and sting any mouth ulcers you may have developed from your braces.

PRACTICE GOOD HYGIENE

Even though it may seem like a lot of work to maintain good dental hygiene, it really pays off. Braces make it even more crucial to maintain good dental hygiene. Braces can hide bacteria and food in many more places.

Remember to floss, rinse with mouthwash and brush at least two times daily. Make use of floss threaders, proxabrushes and special mouthwash designed for braces users.

Make sure to use a soft bristle toothbrush. This will prevent you from injuring the mouth by frequent brushing.

TOOLS FROM THE ORTHODONTIST

Manalese Dental’s orthodontists are more than happy to share any tips they have for you to reduce your pain from braces.

Dental wax is a tried-and-true tool. Dental wax can be used to cover sensitive areas or pokey brackets. The wax is used by many athletes and active people to cover minor injuries and abrasions.

The tiny rubber bands, which the orthodontist will give you at each visit, are another tool. To prevent brackets from scratching your inner teeth, the rubber bands will hold your bite in place.

An orthodontist may also be able to discuss the possibility of fitting your mouth for a mouthguard. A mouth guard can help protect your smile if you are involved in sports. A mouth guard becomes more important when braces are added to the mix.

Protect your mouth from the braces.

Talk to your ORTHODONTIST

These home remedies can help you relieve the pain of braces. However, if your pain continues, you can contact Manalese Dental, your friendly and knowledgeable orthodontist. Our years of experience will allow us to offer expert advice.

Ask about your pain. If necessary, ask for your braces to be adjusted or clipped. Your feedback is important to your orthodontist and you should feel comfortable.

Braces can sometimes be painful and uncomfortable. However, there are ways to reduce this discomfort. These are just a few of the many ways you can reduce your discomfort. For more information, contact your Manalese Dental dentist. Your smile will thank you!

Braces can be painful for the first few days. These easy ways can help you relieve the pain and keep your new smile intact.

5 Home Remedies to Help Your Braces Feel Better

1. Soup and soft food are good options

Warm soup can increase blood circulation and decrease pain. For some hot, icy action, follow it up with cold ice cream.

2. Ice cream is a delicious treat

Ice cream is now an acceptable option for dinner. Ice cream and other cold foods can help reduce inflammation and swelling in your gums. Orthodontists recommend that you take this well-deserved treat at least once a day to reduce pain and give you some relief.

3. Use a toothbrush with soft bristles

A soft bristle toothbrush will give you comfort, and allow you to brush your teeth without causing any damage to your gums.

4. Use warm salt water to rinse.

Gargle by adding a pinch of salt and a warm glass water. This will reduce the pain and make a cool sound.

5. Use orthodontic wax to treat irritated areas

Waxing your braces’ metallic parts helps reduce friction. This works well at night to help you sleep better. The soft wax stops the metal scraping against your skin, causing sores and blisters.

We are happy to answer any questions you may have about your braces or offer advice on how to reduce pain. Dr. Bennett can help you if braces are not your current treatment. To make an appointment, contact Dr. Bennett today. Bennett Orthodontics looks forward to helping with your smile journey!

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