When getting your braces adjusted, there tends to be a period of time where you may feel slight discomfort. As your braces are guiding your teeth gradually into their correct positions, you can experience sensitivity. While this only lasts for a short time, it can put a damper on your day. How to deal with this discomfort is something all patients with braces should know, and when it comes to tooth sensitivity, we’ve got some tricks up our sleeves…
Pain Relief Medicine
Over-the-counter pain relief options are effective ways to manage tooth sensitivity and discomfort after an orthodontic adjustment. It’s important to be sure and follow the directions for use and adhere to proper dosage instructions as well. Over-the-counter pain medicine isn’t meant to be taken regularly, however, to manage pain in the first day or two after an adjustment, it is recommended, so long as you’re following the directions.
Another effective way to deal with tooth sensitivity is by applying oral anesthetics, like Orajel, to the sensitive spots in the mouth. These anesthetics can be applied directly to the teeth and gums to alleviate sensitivity and discomfort.
Eating soft foods can really help if you’re dealing with tooth sensitivity. After an orthodontic adjustment, it’s best to stick to foods such as:
- Mashed potatoes
Your teeth are shifting, which means any additional pressure can cause discomfort. It’s advised to steer clear of certain foods, like crunchy, tough foods during this time (and most times since these foods can cause damage to your braces). You’ll be able to get back to your regular eating habits within a couple of days, but for now avoiding added pressure is helpful in dealing with your tooth sensitivity.
Take Advantage of Cold Items
When your teeth are shifting, there can be some inflammation in the mouth. Inflammation causes discomfort, and that’s why it’s important to find a way to alleviate that discomfort. Ice packs can come in handy for the first couple of days after an adjustment. By applying cool pressure to the sensitive areas, it helps to ease any inflammation. Drinking cold water also helps with sensitivity, as it is also a key player in decreasing inflammation.
Rest and Patience
Perhaps one of the most important things to remember is adequate rest can really help when it comes to tooth sensitivity. Take comfort in knowing you should be back to normal within a couple of days and, also remember that with each adjustment to your braces, you’re one step closer to achieving your goal of perfect teeth. Patience goes a long way on your journey, so keep your chin up and know you’re on your way to a spectacular smile. The discomfort doesn’t last long, but your perfect teeth will last a lifetime.
Let the experts at Charleston Orthodontic Specialists guide you through your journey to a spectacular smile. Call (843) 4-BRACES to get started with our team today!