Braces And Discomfort And How To Avoid It

Unfortunately, every person who wears braces is going to experience some discomfort. The worst pain usually happens after the braces have first been put on and then, to a lesser extent, each month after the braces are tightened. Your mouth feels uncomfortable because your teeth are going to be loose (so that they can move). It’s also uncomfortable because your teeth are a lot weaker than they used to be. This is the reason that the foods you would eat regularly can cause so much pain when you try to eat them after your braces have been put on.

Here is the good news: there is quite a lot that you can do to avoid discomfort while you have braces.

Eating soft foods is the advice you will get the most often and for good reason: it’s good advice. For a few weeks after you first have your braces put on and for a few days after each tightening, you are going to have an extra sensitive mouth. During this time you want to eat the softest foods that you can. Soup, pudding, yogurt, milkshakes, Jell-O, mashed potatoes, etc. These foods don’t force you to chew, so you won’t feel much pressure on your teeth.

You should also take care to pay attention to the types of foods and beverages you eat and drink. Things that are high in their acidity levels like sodas can be detrimental. It’s also important to avoid foods that are extra sticky and sugary.

Sadly, by the time you get your braces taken off, you probably aren’t ever going to want to eat pudding or Jell-O again but while your mouth is “in transition” they can be quite helpful.

If you still have pain—even when you aren’t eating or drinking, you can do a lot of things to help yourself. An over the counter pain reliever can be helpful. They can reduce the swelling happening in your gums—just make sure that your orthodontist says that such a practice is okay. You can also try putting a heating pad on your face—the heat helps relax your facial muscles. Cold compresses can also be good because they can alleviate any swelling that might be affecting you.

If you have pain that is severe, you need to call your dentist or orthodontist immediately. Sometimes this kind of pain can be indicative of an infection and you need to be checked out by a doctor.

Unfortunately, it hurts to have braces. This is just a fact of life. The good news is that there is always something that you can do to help yourself feel better.

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  1. I can say that most of my patient’s have had some mearuse of success with the Crest Whitestrips, some more than others. Our office uses the Supreme which are 4 times stronger than what you can get in the store, but the others will work as well but take more time and possibly more than one kit. The results are usually pretty quick, noticeable in the first few days, best in a week or longer.If you can, do yourself the favor of using them right after you get your teeth cleaned as any staining and buildup (tartar, plaque, or orthodontic cement) will impede their ability to work. They will not whiten any white fillings you may have, but whiten uniformly. Also, don’t use fluoride toothpaste before putting the strips on (same reason). You should not drink or eat anything dark for at least 1/2 hour after using the strips.The strips/trays are your least costly whitening method as compared to custom made trays or in office whitening ($ 500.00+) All of the methods (strips, trays, custom trays, in office whitening) have the potential to make your teeth temporarily sensitive, but will not harm the enamel. If you get sensitive use the product every other day in conjunction with a sensitive tooth toothpaste. You might try to drink dark liquids through a straw and don’t smoke. Most whitening toothpastes just remove stain on the surfaces of your teeth and therefore are not so effective. Whatever method you use it will not whiten your teeth for life, as you age your teeth will get darker and may need to be whitened again. Good luck!JAMRDH a dental hygienist * the whitening toothpaste in addition to the strips might make them sensitive

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