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  • Helpful Hints for Dealing with Braces Pain

  • ice-cream-392562_640The first few days with your braces will probably be rather concerning for you. IT GETS BETTER. These first few days might feel rather odd, awkward or even painful.

    This feeling of having something in your mouth is uncomfortable. You’ll get used to it.

    If you experience any pain with your braces, there are a few things you can do to get some relief.

    Home Remedies

    Try rinsing your mouth with warm salt water. This will soothe your gums and promote healing.  . Rinse several times a day or when your mouth, particularly mouth sores, are hurting. Dr. Croft advices against the use of products which contain ibuprofen. This type of anti-inflammatory can slow down the movement of your teeth.

    Eating cold foods such as ice cream or yogurt can reduce inflammation. And will help dull the pain. DO NOT eat ice!

    Cool Products

    Products for canker sores can be applied to the mouth sores you develop from your braces. There are also various rinses you can use that act as a shield or barrier in your mouth, and protect your mouth sores from further irritation.

    Talk to Dr. Croft about some of the dental was and other products we have to put on the abrasive areas. Putting dental wax on the brackets creates a barrier that keeps your mouth from getting scraped and sore.

    The pain won’t last forever. One day you will wake up and you won’t have any pain. In fact, you probably won’t even notice the braces in your mouth at all!

    If you have any question contact us at Columbia Orthodontics.

    Salmon Creek / Cascade Park / Battle Ground, WA
    Vancouver, Washington
    (360) 883-3800