Managing the Discomfort of BracesFeb 9th, 2012 | By mdmpost | Category: Dental, Orthodontics
Your teenager may feel that orthodontic treatment is a form of modern-day torture, but Dr. Stanley wants you to know that the level of discomfort involved is minimal and completely manageable. Sure, applying pressure to the teeth to move them into new positions won’t always feel wonderful, but the discomfort after an adjustment is short-lived and easily treated. Here’s what you need to know about managing the discomfort of orthodontic treatment.
Tooth and Gum Soreness
When the teeth are moved with an adjustment, changes in blood flow to the gums can cause a temporary soreness. To eliminate or at least lessen the discomfort, you can try the following:
- Take ibuprofen or another pain reliever a few hours before an adjustment. You may take another dose afterward according to the dosing instructions on the label.
- Bite on a plastic orthodontic wafer or chew sugarless gum. This can help stimulate blood flow and ease pain.
Mouth Irritation and Sores
Brackets and wires can sometimes rub and irritate the soft tissues of the mouth, especially when they are first placed. The following products may help relieve the irritation:
- Orthodontic wax can provide a barrier between a bracket and a sore in your mouth.
- Topical anesthetics such as Orajel can temporarily relieve the discomfort of a mouth sore.
- Mouth rinses can help reduce inflammation and infection caused by your braces, and Dr. Stanley can recommend one to suit your needs.
What to Do If You Can’t Find Relief
If your discomfort doesn’t go away in a reasonable amount of time after your adjustment, you may have a bent or loose bracket or arch wire. Contact Dr. Stanley immediately if you suspect there is a problem that only he can correct.
For all of your orthodontic needs, call (559) 435-5504 to make an appointment with Dr. Jeff Stanley today. At Stanley Orthodontics, we happily serve patients from Fresno, Clovis, Madera, Sanger, Chowchilla, Visalia, Tulare, and the surrounding areas.