4 Things to Do When Your Braces Hurt

braces on white teethYour mouth, teeth, gums, and jaw will hurt after getting braced due to tension and compression. It will normally last anywhere between a few days and a few weeks. Understandably, that’s because the entire mouth is still adjusting to the new braces. You don’t have to suffer through the pain, though. Use these tips to take care of the discomfort.

Apply oral anesthetic

Dental offices either provide oral anesthetic as part of the package you availed or prescribe a brand that you can buy over-the-counter. Apply it directly to areas where you feel pain as prescribed by the dentist. You may use your finger or cotton swab.

Use an icepack

Inflammation will occur, and applying a cold compress to the area will reduce the pain you feel. Aside from the numbing effect, it can also help minimize the inflammation of the gums. The same goes for drinking an ice-cold glass of water and eating ice cream or frozen yogurt.

Do the salt water rinse

Dissolve a teaspoonful of salt in 8 oz. of lukewarm water. Gargle the solution for a minute for a few times. Do this every morning, before going to sleep or anytime during the day to relieve the pain and discomfort. Swishing the solution is recommended for the first few days of having your braces.

Use a bite wafer

Teeth clenching is normal when experiencing braces pain but not advisable because of the impact. Try biting down on a bite wafer, a mouth-shaped plastic, to improve the circulation to the gums and teeth.

Your teeth will soon get used to the pressure of the braces; the pain will recede soon. Nevertheless, you have to do your part in easing the pain you feel. Follow the regimen recommended to you by your dentist and watch what you eat.