In order to get the perfect smile that you deserve, your teeth need to do some shifting around. Braces are what help the teeth transition to their right positions. During the transition process, it is normal to feel some discomfort or even pain, especially right after you get your braces put on or adjusted. The good news is that discomfort is actually a good sign—it means that your braces are doing their job. On the other hand, it is never fun to feel pain. So, here are three things you can do to ease the swelling and minimize the pain.
Cold or Warm Compress
Depending on how sensitive your teeth are, the type of pain you are feeling, and your personal preferences, a cold or warm compress can help ease the swelling and, as a result, calm your discomfort. To numb the area, drink some cool water or place an ice pack on the outside of your cheek where you feel the most pain. Or, gurgle some warm salt water to cure the small lacerations that your new brackets may have caused.
Eat Soft Foods
Eating soft foods may not lessen the discomfort you are feeling, but it will definitely guarantee that the pain won’t amplify. Kill two birds with one stone by eating soft, cold foods—like a milkshake or yogurt. Cold, soft foods play a dual role by numbing the pain and ensuring that the pain won’t be aggravated. Just be aware that, if you are feeling heightened sensitivity in your gums, really cold foods may not be ideal.
Apply Some Wax
Upon getting your new braces, your orthodontist should have also given you some orthodontic wax. This wax is usually clear and has a moldable consistency. It is common to get cuts and sores from your braces while your mouth is still adjusting. Apply a bit of wax to whatever bracket or wire is causing the damage. You will feel much better in seconds.
Last but not least, you can always take some medication to help ease the pain. In fact, most orthodontists recommend that you take a pain killer before you get your braces put on or adjusted. Just make sure to take medication responsibly and with the approval of your doctor. And if you feel excessive pain for more than a couple days, call your orthodontist.
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