Do you remember the last time you got your braces tightened, and your teeth and gums were sore for a few days? While this soreness can feel a bit painful at times, it’s perfectly normal and only temporary!
Here are a couple of things we recommend to help ease the pain associated with your braces.
Over-the-Counter Pain Relief
Ibuprofen can be helpful in reducing pain before and after getting your braces adjusted. Try taking Ibuprofen an hour before your appointment, which can relieve any discomfort you feel during the tightening process.
As with an injury, applying cold pressure to the sore area can help decrease pain. Apply an icepack to the outside of your mouth to decrease inflammation and help ease any discomfort you may feel.
Cold Food and Drinks
Cold foods or drinks can also reduce inflammation. Try eating ice cream or drinking a smoothie to help relieve pain.
Chances are, after getting your braces tightened you won’t want to eat crunchy or hard foods. Instead, choose soft foods such as yogurt, soup, mashed potatoes, and pudding to give your teeth a chance to rest.
The pain and discomfort associated with braces certainly isn’t fun, but each time you get your braces adjusted you are one step closer towards having beautiful, straight teeth! That’s certainly worth it, right?