It’s normal to feel sore after having your braces placed or tightened, but there are a few ways to increase your comfort after an appointment.
For any protruding wires, you can use orthodontic wax to smooth over the surface and protect your mouth/lips. To apply the wax, take a pea-sized amount from the container, roll it into a small ball and then place it over the irritating wire. While you technically can eat with orthodontic wax covering the pokey wires, it isn’t recommended for a few reasons. Wax has a particularly bitter taste, which could lead to your food not tasting as you had hoped. Secondly, eating with wax in place isn’t great for oral hygiene. The wax can store bacteria, causing bad breath and other issues. Replace your wax at least once a day and remove it before meals.
It’s perfectly okay to focus on eating soft foods if your mouth is sore. Yogurts, smoothies, baked beans, tofu, and rice are just some examples to make eating a breeze while your teeth adjust to the braces.
Over-the-Counter Pain Killers
Any easy over-the-counter pain killer is a great way to lessen/eliminate any soreness or pain caused by the braces’ tension. Be sure to pay attention to the dosing on the bottle and stay hydrated!
Salt Water Rinses
If you have gums that are inflamed, sore, or small cuts from wires, a saltwater rinse is great to add to your routine. The salt not only cleanses the mouth gently, but it is also an anti-inflammatory. Add about a teaspoon of salt to a cup of warm water and swish away.
The good news is that a little pressure means that the orthodontic treatment is working. Teeth and jaw alignments cannot move without tension from the orthodontic appliances. Over the treatment, your mouth will get used to the pressure. You may just notice the pressure right after a tightening appointment or when a new appliance is installed. If you feel like you are experiencing too much pain due to the orthodontic appliance, please give us a call.
Contact Idaho Orthodontics
If you have any questions regarding your orthodontic treatment or you are ready to begin your orthodontic journey, request a call back from our office today.