If you have braces, you might think that pain after having them tightened is inevitable. While most people will feel some discomfort after their monthly orthodontist appointment, there are things you can do at home to reduce your discomfort and feel better quickly. Try these home remedies the next time your braces give you a sore mouth.
Take Painkillers Strategically
Over-the-counter pain medications like Ibuprofen are a great way to deal with soreness after your orthodontist appointment. But did you know these medications are actually most effective if you take them before you start experiencing pain? Take your first dose of medicine at least 30 minutes before you see your orthodontist for best results, then continue taking the painkiller as needed. You might also consider a numbing gel (such as Orajel) that you can apply directly to your gums for added relief.
Choose Your Foods (and Drinks) Wisely
Avoiding hard foods after you have your braces tightened will allow your mouth to recover. Plan the first few meals after you have your braces tightened to avoid anything that might cause discomfort. If you’re having a particularly hard time, smoothies or meal replacement shakes are a great way to stay healthy without having to eat.
Work With The Right Professionals
A good orthodontist will be able to provide you with customized advice to make your time with braces as comfortable as possible. Always follow the instructions given to you by your dentist or orthodontist, and don’t be afraid to mention your pain. At Bayside Dental Group and Orthodontics, we work with each patient to make sure their experience is as comfortable as possible. Call us today to discuss your braces!