As much as braces will do to enhance your smile, and as satisfied as you’ll be with your new look when they’re removed, there will be days when you’ll be visited by soreness and slight discomfort.
The benefits are well worth these mild irritations, but should they occur, please take a second to review the information listed below to bring relief to any of these symptoms.
Minimize Soreness While Getting Use to Your Braces
A great tool to help with braces soreness are over-the-counter pain relievers such as Tylenol or Advil.
When experiencing discomfort, they can help to minimize the sensation and prevent swelling and irritation.
Sometime brackets may cause some minor irritation. If this occurs:
- Use wax to stop the irritation
- Use a warm salt water rinse to heal the irritation
- Zilactin B can also help alleviate discomfort of minor irritations.
Quick Fixes While Getting Use to Your Braces
Braces are not indestructible! In fact, braces can be easily loosened or even broken if you are not careful. With new braces, irritation can occur. This can be alleviated by rolling a small piece of orthodontic wax into a pea size ball, and place it over the area of the braces that is causing the irritation. This will help to limit the contact and provide relief to the area.
If a wire comes loose and sticks you on the inside of your mouth try tucking it in with the end of an eraser or a spoon. If that does not work, dry it with a tissue, then place wax over the wire to prevent further sticking.
Please notify the office of any other problems with your braces.