Braces are considered one of the most effective ways to improve the functionality and appearance of teeth, creating a wide, attractive smile. It’s not unusual to experience some discomfort with braces, but after you get used to them it usually subsides.
The following pain relief recommendation can help relieve the pain that braces can sometimes cause, including painful things that can happen like catching a part of the lips on a bracket or getting hit in the mouth. Either way, the pain doesn’t need to be unbearable.
For immediate pain relief, oral anesthetics, like Orajel, work great. Most oral anesthetics come in gel form and desensitize the specific area in the mouth that’s causing pain, typically a result of the teeth shifting. Just apply it directly to the gums or teeth using a clean finger or cotton swab.
Over the Counter Pain Medication
Pain that can’t be relieved with an oral anesthetic can benefit from over-the-counter pain medications, like acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Motrin). These pain medications help reduce inflammation and alleviate pain.
Note: Even though it may cause discomfort, it’s important to continue practicing good oral hygiene while wearing braces, keeping the teeth and gums clean and healthy.
The important thing to remember is that the discomfort caused by braces will eventually subside as your teeth adapt to the braces. Although it may not be pleasant, the discomfort you experience (if it’s not due to an accident) is perfectly normal as the teeth shift toward their optimal, final position. Best of all, the end result will be well worth it – a perfectly aligned, beautiful smile.