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Five Ways To Relieve Braces Pain

Five Ways To Relieve Braces Pain
Posted on 03/19/2020
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It’s normal to experience mouth pain when you are undergoing orthodontic treatment because your mouth is adjusting to the changes that are taking place. While the pain will go away after a few days, if it becomes difficult to deal with, there are measures you can take to relieve the pain. Heller Orthodontics recommends these five tips to help relieve your mouth pain.

1. Orthodontic Wax

If the inside of your cheeks feels raw, orthodontic wax will help. First, wash your hands thoroughly, then break off a piece of wax. Hold the wax between your fingers so that the wax warms up and becomes more pliable. Press the wax gently against the metal that is causing you issues. Once the wax is in place, you should feel immediate relief from the pain. Over time, you will become accustomed to the braces and will most likely not need the wax.

2. Salt Water

If you are experiencing general achiness or have open sores in your mouth from your braces, a salt water rinse will provide relief, as well as helping heal the open sores. You will want the water to be warm enough to dissolve the salt but not so hot that it burns your mouth. Stir in about a teaspoon of salt to the water until the salt dissolves. Swish the salt water around in your mouth for 30 seconds or so and then spit the water into the sink. You should repeat this several times a day to help relieve the pain and heal the sores.

3. Cold Treats

Take advantage of eating as many cold treats as you’d like. Frozen treats help numb the teeth and other areas of your mouth, providing quick relief from the pain and can also help reduce swelling of your gums.

4. Topical Gels

Choose a topical gel that is made to relieve toothache pain and apply it to the areas where you are experiencing pain. The gel should numb the area quickly, providing you relief from the pain. Read the instructions carefully because there is often a limit to how many times you can use it each day.

5. Painkillers

If other methods are not helping with the pain or you find that you can’t fall asleep, you can take a painkiller such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen. This is typically the longest-lasting method to alleviate braces or Invisalign pain. A good night’s sleep is important in helping cope with the discomfort and aiding in the healing process.

Contact Your Bethesda and Laurel, MD Orthodontist Today!

If you have more questions about relieving pain from braces or Invisalign, contact your orthodontist. Dr. Heller and our team will be happy to help with this or any other questions you may have.

If you are looking for a leading orthodontist in Bethesda or Laurel, MD, contact us to schedule a consultation or you can make an online appointment. We look forward to helping you achieve the smile you’ve always wanted.

Heller Orthodontics

  • Bethesda Office - 4350 East West Hwy. Suite 120, Bethesda, MD 20814 Phone: (301) 654-5433 Fax: (301) 657-8403
  • Laurel Office - 9811 Mallard Drive Suite 201, Laurel, MD 20708 Phone: (301) 490-2882 Fax: (301) 490-2882
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