Deciding to get braces certainly has its pros and cons. On the one hand, you’ll have a beautiful smile and healthy teeth once treatment has finished, but on the other hand, you’ll need to go through a couple of years of hard work and deal with a considerable amount of pain. Of course, the pros naturally outweigh the cons, otherwise why would people decide to get braces in the first place!? The trick to minimizing the cons associated with braces is understanding how to alleviate the pain that you’ll experience from time to time.
It’s crucial to understand that braces pain is only temporary and there are many techniques you can use to numb the pain until it subsides. To shed some light into the topic, today we’ll be offering our top tips to soothe braces pain.
Ice pack or cold foods
An ice pack is always an effective solution to inflammation anywhere on your body. Sportsmen use them all the time on injured calves and thighs, and the same applies to your gums and mouth. Simply hold an ice pack on the outside of your mouth to numb the pain and relieve the discomfort. You could also try eating cold foods like frozen yogurt or drinking iced water which usually does the trick.
A quick and reliable way to ease pain to your gums is to give them a massage. If it works with other parts of your body, why not your gums!? Just use one of your fingers and massage your gums in a circular direction. For the best results, apply some ice briefly to relax your swollen gums just before massaging them.
If your braces have led to any sores or ulcers in your mouth when you first commence treatment, try gurgling some salt water which lowers the irritation and discomfort. Your mouth will take some time to adapt to your metal braces, but until they do (approximately a week or so), try gurgling salt water for about a minute to soothe the pain.
One of the most helpful ways to alleviate braces pain is with oral anaesthetics such as Orajel or Orabase which are rubbed directly onto the teeth and gums. Your orthodontist will advise you which kind of oral anaesthetics is best suited to you. These oral anaesthetics are generally easy to use which can be purchased over-the-counter and are very effective at reducing mouth pain.
Orthodontics wax is an excellent way to minimise any irritation caused by your braces. The wax is applied directly to the metal brackets which creates a lubricated barrier between the brackets and your mouth. It’s also a must-have for when one of your wires breaks and rubs against your cheek. Your orthodontist will typically give you the wax at the start of treatment and you should use the was as directed by your orthodontist.
If your braces are causing shooting pains that none of the above methods manage to relieve, look at buying over-the-counter pain medication such as Panadol or Nurofen which will help lessen the pain. It’s best to speak to your orthodontist first who can advise you on the necessary dosages. Pain medication is only a short-term solution and not to be used repeatedly. If your pain persists for a couple of days, talk with your orthodontist as soon as possible.
The best tip to keep in mind is that the pain you experience will only be temporary and to achieve a healthy and wonderful smile, you need to be patient. Braces are usually needed for two years and during this time you need to remain focused and practise good oral health to avoid any further gum inflammation.
If you need any additional support with pain relief techniques including directions for pain medication and oral anaesthetics, reach out to the friendly staff at Clear Smiles Orthodontics at Robina. For additional information, phone their team on 07 5593 3733.