How to Relieve Orthodontic Pain

January 23rd, 2015

Here at, Ballou Orthodontics, we strive to create an environment to ensure every patient is as comfortable as possible. Having a sore mouth is never fun, and in most cases, is common at the beginning of treatment and lasts about 1 week. After that, it can occur from time to time during your treatment, because often times your wires get tighter. The good news is it does get easier as you go! Here are a few tips on how to help relieve some of that pain.

Wax on, Wax off: The inside of your mouth may develop a few sores from your brackets rubbing against your cheeks or lips. You can use wax to help relieve some of the irritation. See our other blog: 3 Common Problems & Solutions While Wearing Braces, on how to do so.

Take it With a Grain of Salt: It is very common to develop sores on your lips and gums, because your mouth is not use to the roughness of your braces yet. To help ease some of the irritation, try rinsing out with a cup of salt water several times a day.

Brrr… it’s Getting Cold in Here: Sometimes the pain that is associated with braces can be too much to challenge yourself to eat some foods like hamburgers or fresh vegetables. Instead, we recommend eating softer foods like yogurt, soups, & mashed potatoes. We also recommend eating ice cream! You scream, we scream, we all scream for ICE CREAM J.  The coldness from the ice cream will help numb your mouth and can temporarily relieve some pain. (Be careful to avoid ice cream containing nuts).

Knock It Out: Braces can cause quite a bit discomfort at times, but it doesn’t require a heavy, hitting narcotic. Often times, a normal dose of Tylenol or Ibuprofen will do the trick.

We hope you have found this helpful, and always remember we know what you’re going through. If you have any questions or concerns never hesitate to contact our office. Happy Days & Smile On :)



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