Brace treatment for crooked or misaligned teeth involves using a set of wires and bands strategically placed on your teeth so that they exert enough pressure to be able to move your teeth into the most preferable position. This will improve your ability to chew and eat more nutritional food, but also provide you with a sparkling white, straight smile you have always dreamed about, but are now only about to achieve.
You will have taken your time making the decision to go through brace treatment, whether it’s for yourself or on behalf of your child. Throughout the months the treatment takes you may go through some uncomfortable periods. Pain is faced most frequently when the wires and bands are being adjusted as the braces are about to move your teeth still further into the right position. However, there is treatment available to relieve this pain.
Follow up visits to the orthodontist
Fitting the braces at the start of the treatment is just the start of the treatment process. Periodically your orthodontist will ask you to come in for an appointment which will normally be between 4 and 6 weeks. Your Malmin orthodontist will not only be monitoring your progress but he or she may need to adjust the wires. This could include bending, tightening and in some situations replacing wires. This change in position of the apparatus does exert more pressure on your teeth and gums which can be uncomfortable.
Methods for reducing brace pain
There are a number of ways of reducing this type of pain which includes:
- Applying ice to the affected area. This will reduce not only pain but any inflammation or swelling that may have occurred when your braces were tightened.
- At times you may develop ulcers while your teeth are adapting to the new foreign product in your mouth. The effects of these can be minimised by rinsing your mouth out from time to time with warm, salty water.
- As your gums and teeth are likely to be more sensitive following the fitting of braces you should avoid any hard foods and keep to softer varieties that won’t impact on the teeth.
- If you are experiencing swollen gums, gently massaging them using your fingers will help to relieve the pain.
- Using a mouth guard can help to protect the softer tissues in the mouth from the effect of the braces which otherwise could cause the development of sores.
- Using teething rings after they have been frozen and chewing on them in your mouth in the area when you are experiencing the most pain can be a good pain reliever.
- Using orthodontic wax on the metal of the braces can help to minimise the pain from the friction of the braces against your gums and cheeks.
- Local anaesthetic gel can be purchased from your chemist without a prescription and you can apply it to areas where there is pain and it will temporarily numb it. If you apply it at night it will at least allow you to get enough sleep.
- If there is pain in the vicinity of your jaw you can use a heating pad to help to reduce it. If you don’t have one you can use a washcloth which has been heated in hot water first. This is a good solution if ice hasn’t worked.
- In the worst case of pain you can try using a painkiller like ibuprofen. You must ensure you don’t exceed the recommended dosage and you should really see your Malmin Orthodontist to discuss the pain relieving option that might be best for you.