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How To Alleviate Discomfort After Your Braces Are Put On

October 29th, 2016

One of the most common misconceptions about braces is that they are painful to have put on and adjusted. While getting braces placed on your teeth is NOT painful, your gums and teeth will most likely be sore for a little bit. The discomfort after braces can last anywhere from a few days to a week. Discomfort or soreness after new braces, is caused by your teeth and body adjusting. It is very likely that you can experience the braces rubbing against your gums and cheeks. The discomfort is usually mild and there are several things you can try to alleviate, or help any soreness. Try these tips to reduce discomfort and adjust to your new braces as quickly as possible ☺

When your braces are put on or adjusted, our assistants will give you a special wax that can be applied to the braces to act as a barrier or band aide, between the brackets and your cheeks and lips. Applying orthodontic wax to your gums, teeth, and braces can reduce discomfort while preventing gum irritation from the friction between your new braces and your mouth.
Simply break off a small piece of the wax and form a small mold with your fingers before applying it to any area where the bracket irritates your mouth. This wax is non-toxic, but remember to remove it before eating, brushing, or flossing. Apply more wax after each meal or as needed.

Rinsing your mouth with warm salt water a few times a day can help heal sores and cuts on your cheeks and gums while reducing mild swelling and discomfort. Make a simple salt water rinse by mixing one teaspoon of table salt into a glass of warm water. Swish the rinse around in your mouth for about one minute before spitting it out.

Frozen or cold treats like popsicles and ice cream help numb the cheeks and gums to quickly reduce soreness. Frozen foods and ice can also reduce mild swelling in the gums.

Whenever you feel discomfort, try rubbing your gums with an ice cube then rubbing your fingers gently over your gums. This can reduce swelling and numb your gums against mild pain.

Some foods should be avoided when you have braces. Some of these foods can damage your braces while others can get stuck in the brackets or cause discomfort while chewing. The list of foods to avoid include:
▪ Gummy or sticky foods like taffy and soft caramel
▪ Foods with a tough texture or hard surface like apples and bagels
▪ Corn on the cob
▪ Chewing gum
▪ Ribs and beef jerky
▪ Popcorn
▪ Raw carrots

Call Varghese Orthodontics to schedule your complimentary consultation with us in our North Aurora and Huntley areas today. Remember that every beautiful smile begins with healthy, straight teeth, and that is the goal of Dr. Varghese and our team at Varghese Orthodontics ☺

Hints for Dealing with Discomfort that Come with Braces

December 9th, 2014

The day you get your braces on, it will feel kind of awkward and you'll salivate a little bit more than normal. This is completely expected! So No Worries :) Typically patients feel a dull soreness 1-3 days after each orthodontic adjustment. Here are a few things YOU can do to lessen your discomfort:

Home Remedies
Rinsing your mouth with warm salt water will soothe and promote healing. Rinse several times per day or when you feel some soreness from poking wires. Dr. Varghese also recommends Tylenol during these times too. Cold foods like ice cream or yogurt can help dull the soreness, while ice packs help as well. Dr. Varghese stresses the importance of not biting into ice if you choose to place an ice cube directly on your sore, as ices cubes can crack a tooth right in half :(

Products you can use
Products for canker sores can be applied directly to your mouth sores that may develop from your braces. There are also some various mouth rinses that can act as a shield or barrier in your mouth to protect you from sores and further irritation. Dr. Varghese and our team recommend dental wax to apply on abrasive areas to protect your mouth from getting scraped and poked from long wires. Please come in during our business hours and help yourself to our scented wax at our "Good Bye Center" located next to the "Check-In Desk".
Remember that your discomfort will NOT last forever, one day you will wake up not even thinking you have braces on and the next moment, your orthodontic treatment will be complete and you will be braces free and have a beautiful new smile to show for it.
Please call our offices if you have any questions :)

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