Just Got Your Braces Tightened? 3 Ways to Help Ease the Pain

Getting your braces tightened can be both a curse and a blessing. Not only are you getting one step closer to having perfectly straight teeth, but you also have to deal with pain after every time you’ve had your braces tightened. If it rolls around to your orthodontist appointment every month and dread going due to the pain you will feel afterwards, try some of these tips from Dr. Joel Smith in order to ease the pain.

  1. Over-the-Counter Pain Reliever

Orthodontic treatmentIf you are opposed to taking any sort of over-the-counter pain reliever, you might want to reconsider. As long as it is safe for your health and you take it in the allotted dosage, over-the-counter pain relievers are perfectly safe. And not only will them help to make you feel a bit better, but they will also help to alleviate any swelling you might be experiencing after having your braces tightened.

  1. Ice

No, don’t chew on ice— this is never recommended for your oral health— but ice your mouth instead. By applying a soft gel ice pack directly to your jaw, you can help to numb your mouth and reduce any swelling that might be taking place as well. Just make sure that you ice your mouth with something that’s soft instead of something hard like a frozen steak.

  1. Avoid Certain Foods

Speaking of steak, if steak is your favorite food, you should avoid it at all costs after having your braces tightened. Because your teeth will be extra sensitive and sore after your braces have been tightened, it won’t be comfortable for you to chew certain hard-to-chew foods like steak. Instead, opt for things that are softer like shredded chicken, mashed potatoes, and your favorite fruit smoothie.

Getting your braces tightened every few weeks doesn’t have to be as painful as you think. By following the above dentist recommended tips, you can help to get your chewing ability back and can start to feel like your normal self once again. To learn more or to schedule an appointment, contact Dr. Joel Smith today!

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