If you're in orthodontic treatment, you may be experiencing a a little bit of discomfort as the brackets, and wires on your appliance rub against soft, sensitive tissues of your mouth. Still, there are things that you can do to help alleviate the discomfort associated with this.
1. Orthodontic Wax
In order to keep abrasive areas of your braces from rubbing against your inner lips and cheeks, apply a bit of orthodontic wax to the areas along the appliance where contact is made with the soft tissues. The wax forms a non-abrasive barrier between your braces and the tissues of your mouth. As a result, painful sores, cuts and abrasions are less likely to occur. We supply this to our patients at the beginning of treatment, and as needed throughout. Please let us know at your next appointment if you are in need of any.
2. Night Guard
Often, dental patients use night guards to help prevent damage to their tooth enamel from grinding or clenching. However, these specialized mouth guards can also be a great way to ease the pain associated with braces.
Similar to orthodontic wax, a night guard offers a shield between the braces and your sensitive oral tissues. As a result, areas of your mouth are less likely to become caught or snagged on your braces as you sleep.
3. Oral Analgesic Gel
Oral analgesic gel can be applied to your gums and teeth to help alleviate any discomfort. These pain relievers can be purchased over-the-counter and are topically applied so that you can direct the medication as needed.
4. Soft Foods
For the first few days during the beginning of orthodontic treatment we recommend sticking to soft foods. This will help alleviate any discomfort and help you acclimate to your new appliances.
If at any point during treatment, you have any questions regarding ways to ease orthodontic discomfort, please contact our office at (248) 476-3000.