More and more adults and children are getting braces to improve the looks of their smile and the function of their bite. Teeth that aren’t aligned correctly can make both eating and speaking difficult and negatively impact their appearance.
When you have braces the likelihood is that you will experience soreness and pain in your teeth and gums when you have them adjusted. In other instances the braces themselves can cause difficulty and soreness in the sides of the mouth from the wires and the brackets.
Pain happens with adjustments because your teeth are under force to move. This causes bone and tissue cells to break down and form new cells. This process takes about 3 weeks which is why your dentist makes appointments 4-6 weeks apart. Today’s wires also move teeth slowly over a long period of time which means that your teeth move continually until the wire is back to the original size and shape.
There are a few things that you can do to relieve the teeth hurt braces issues that come about when your braces are put on or when they are adjusted every 6-8 weeks. While you are at the dentist office be sure to feel if the brackets and wires feel ok because your dentist should be able to get the brackets and wires to the point where wearing wax isn’t necessary. Sometimes there are difficulties that require you use wax for a couple of weeks while the teeth move a bit more.
Your dentist can give you dental wax that is placed over the sharp edges. Try to get the area on which you are going to use the wax as dry as possible. This will help the wax to stick for a longer period of time. Wax can come in different colors and some also have a mint flavor.
Wax is particularly helpful when you develop canker sores over the top of the brackets or wires. This can be very painful. You can use Anbesol or another topical anesthetic from your dentist so you can continue to eat and talk during this period.
If you are going to have the braces put on for the first time or having them adjusted you may want to consider taking 2 ibuprofen (Advil) about 1 hour before the appointment. Ibuprofen will help with the inflammatory response better than acetaminophen (Tylenol).
After the first placement of the braces and brackets your mouth will feel weird and possibly painful. Your best offense is to relax. Easier said than done. Relax and pretend that all is normal. When you are eating for the first few days the teeth hurt braces issues will be most apparent. Sometimes soft foods for the first two days will help you to adjust more than trying to tough it out and eat everything.
Another trick to helping the pain is to keep the teeth clean by brushing and flossing as usual. Brushing and flossing are important aspects to keeping your teeth from developing decay and gum disease – which will only cause more pain and discomfort.
Another way to keep your teeth clean is to use a water sprayer or water pik machine that will blast the food particles out from behind the brackets and wires. Your teeth are moving slowly because of the wires and brackets and adding the stress of food between your teeth will only increase your teeth hurt braces problems.
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