7 Tips to Reduce Brace Pain

Dr. Satish Pai
Nov 17, 2017 · 3 min read

Have you ever thought of getting braces?

The first thing that comes to mind when you think of braces is the pain that comes with them. Fortunately, this is not usually the case as getting braces is not as painful as you may imagine.

Most patients only tend to experience discomfort for a few days after getting braces as their teeth and mouth adjust to the braces but this initial discomfort usually disappears after a few days.

People with braces can sometimes tend to suffer from a bit of discomfort in their mouths which may be caused by the braces, rubbing up against the cheeks, teeth and lips.

Here are 7 tips to reduce brace pain:

  1. Eating with Braces

One of the first things that you should do after getting braces is to avoid consuming hard, crunchy foods completely. Better yet, try avoiding eating any solid foods and stick to soft foods or a liquid diet. Chewing slowly also helps reduce the pain to some extent.

  • A great food alternative at this time is ice cream which is soft and cold as it can reduce inflammation. Soup is also a good alternative for this.

2. Brush Gently

Use slow and gentle strokes when you brush your teeth after getting braces. Having a soft bristled tooth also helps and makes it a lot easier to clean your mouth without worsening the sores. Soft bristled tooth brushes are available at most any shops. Make sure to brush the recommended amount of times every day though.

3. Rinse with Salt Water

Rinsing your mouth with warm salt water will help to heal any sores as well as easing off the pain caused by the shifting of your teeth. Mix warm water with a salt, use about 1 teaspoon of salt for every cup of water. Rinse thrice a day.

4. Apply An Ice Pack on Your Gums for a While

Applying an ice pack on the outside of your mouth which will help decrease the pain inside it with the cold pressure as inflammation increases the pain.

5. Massage Your Gums

This is the simplest and most effective remedy that you can do on your own. Simply by gently rubbing your finger on the gums will help relax your sore gums.

6. Use the Orthodontist Wax Suggested by Your Orthodontist

A lot of orthodontists usually give their patients a special wax to apply after each appointment. This wax provides a type of buffer between the inside part of your lips and cheeks as well and the bracket of the braces.

Applying your orthodontist’s recommended wax to the teeth, braces and gums reduces the discomfort a lot as they understand what you are going through.

7. Be Patient

The discomfort that you face will eventually ease up and disappear as your teeth adjust to your braces. The discomfort that you may feel initially is completely normal but it will take some time to shift your teeth into their proper alignments.

Braces are one of the best orthodontic treatments you can get to straighten your teeth and improve your overall appearance and functionality of your teeth.