Braces can do wonders for our smiles! They straighten, align and can increase the aesthetic value of a smile. Plus, braces can help reduce some headaches, help with jaw alignment issues, and much more!
But having braces is not without its own set of issues. After each orthodontic appointment, you might be suffering a little bit from the tightening of the braces. What can you do the lessen the pain and have your braces be a more pleasant experience?
Open up to your doctor
Once the adjustment is done, don’t feel bad to tell your doctor immediately if there is any discomfort. He/she will gladly re-adjust for you, if necessary.
Adjustments tend to hurt for a few days and can be quite stressful. Keep painkillers handy, but use them only as prescribed. Over-the-counter aspirin or ibuprofen should suffice in most cases. If pain after an adjustment is severe, ask your orthodontist about taking an aspirin before going in for the adjustment. It may help reduce pain during and after the process.
Swishing your mouth with some warm salted water or even cold water after an adjustment really soothes sensitive gums and teeth. You can also de-stress with your favorite ice cream or a bowl of soup.
Eat only soft food
Soft food exerts less pressure on the sensitive teeth, gums and tongue, leading to less pain.
Dental wax softens the edges of the braces, easing discomfort caused to cheek or tongue.
There is no medicine like positive attitude. Looking at the brighter side of things automatically diminishes pain and discomfort. Just think about how beautiful your smile will be once your braces come off. You may even miss your braces.
So enjoy your ride to a perfect set of teeth!