Some patients may find traditional metal braces to be uncomfortable after they have just been put on or after the wires have been tightened. While pain or discomfort is certainly not lasting with braces, it is still good to know how to alleviate it when they arise.
At Select Dental Office, we specialize in a wide range of dental procedures and treatments. One of the most sought-after forms of dentistry that we specialize in is orthodontics. If you have crooked or gapped teeth, or a misaligned bite, then braces are a highly effective treatment that corrects many imperfections of a smile. Beyond that, having a straight, aligned smile has many great benefits and is better for your oral health.
With years of experience providing patients with a wide range of different orthodontic treatments, we are confident in our ability to be able to provide you with the smile of your dreams. If you are looking for the best dentist in Torrance, feel free to contact our team for a consultation!
If you currently have braces and want to learn about some helpful ways of how to cure or alleviate a toothache from braces, continue reading:
An oral anesthetic is a highly effective and easy way to relieve pain or discomfort that you may be experiencing from your braces. For example, Orajel or Anbesol can be directly applied onto your teeth or gums using your finger or a cotton swab. An oral anesthetic is a great way to relieve any pain or discomfort that you may experience on your teeth or gums.
Over-the-counter medication is another highly effective solution for pain relief. Perhaps you always feel pain or discomfort after visiting your orthodontist for maintenance on your braces. If this is the case, then you should ask your orthodontist if it is ok for you to take the medicine an hour before your appointment, so you will feel less pain during and after your orthodontic visit.
When it comes to any type of medication, including over-the-counter medicine, it is extremely important that you read the instructions and ensure that you follow the dosage instructions accordingly. Over-the-counter medications are not meant to be taken consistently, so if you are still experiencing pain or discomfort a few days after your orthodontic appointment, be sure to contact our team immediately.
Another helpful way to alleviate any pain or discomfort is by using an ice pack, as a cold compress can help reduce inflammation and numb the mouth naturally. Simply apply the ice pack to the outside of your mouth around the area that you may feel discomfort for pain relief.
Avoid certain foods
If you have traditional metal braces, then it is likely that you know about the certain foods that you should avoid. For instance, you should avoid eating hard, sticky, crunchy or chewy foods with braces. It is best to play it safe and stick to soft foods after your braces have just been put on and after each tightening. Some soft foods that are good to have after your braces have just been put on or after they have been tightened include soups, mashed potatoes, yogurt, bananas, smoothies, and other soft foods.
Warm salt water rinse
A warm salt water rinse can also help if you are experiencing any cuts or sores from your braces. Simply gargle warm salt water to help with the healing of the cuts or sores in your mouth or on your gums.
Maintain good dental hygiene
Maintaining a good dental hygiene routine is of paramount importance. You should be taking great care of your teeth and gums with or without braces. But you should be sure to take extra good care of your teeth and gums while you have braces. Because it is more difficult to thoroughly clean your teeth with braces, it is imperative that you take the extra steps necessary in order to avoid tooth decay or gum inflammation. Always be sure to brush, floss, and use mouthwash after every meal to ensure that you remove any leftover food that may get stuck in your wires and brackets. Your orthodontist will provide you with thorough instructions in terms of how you should clean your teeth with braces.
When it comes to any orthodontic treatment, patience is always key. A good piece of advice is to keep the end goal in mind, which is a beautiful and healthier smile! Any pain or discomfort that you may experience after your braces have just been put on or after a tightening is temporary and hopefully the tips mentioned above will be helpful in alleviating any pain you may have.
If you are ready to achieve a beautiful, healthy smile with braces, our team is here to help you attain the smile of your dreams! Feel free to contact our team to schedule a consultation with the best dentist Torrance has to offer!
With years of experience helping patients achieve healthy, beautiful smiles, we are ready to help you, too. Give us a call to learn how we can help give you the best smile possible.