Posted on December 2, 2022
A child with braces will have to wear them for about two years, according to Kids Health. Having orthodontic braces can be a source of discomfort, especially when it comes to the early stages of wearing them. To help reduce soreness during orthodontic treatment, orthodontists recommend following the below tips.
Eating is a necessity, but orthodontists recommend that you stick to soft foods during orthodontic treatment so as not to aggravate soreness from your braces. Sticking with softer foods will help to minimize the discomfort in the mouth and jaw. Chewing soft foods like yogurt, mashed potatoes, and scrambled eggs is helpful for orthodontic patients. Avoid harder or crunchy items such as chips, crackers, popcorn, and nuts.
Orthodontists may recommend placing orthodontic wax on the braces to help reduce soreness. These waxes come in many different flavors and can be placed directly on the brackets or wires for added comfort. Placing orthodontic wax can help to reduce rubbing and irritation on the gums, cheeks, and tongue.
For patients with more severe soreness, orthodontists may recommend taking an over-the-counter pain reliever such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen. These medications can help to reduce swelling and pain in the mouth, jaw, and face. It’s important to follow your orthodontist’s instructions on when to take them.
Saltwater rinses can help to reduce soreness and irritation caused by orthodontic treatment. The salt works by soothing the gums and reducing inflammation. Mix a teaspoon of table salt with 8 ounces of warm water and rinse your mouth for 30 seconds, then spit out the mixture. It’s best to do this twice a day, in the morning and at night.
It’s important to visit your orthodontist regularly during orthodontic treatment. This will help to ensure that your orthodontic appliance is properly adjusted and can reduce soreness. Your orthodontist may also recommend additional treatments or products that can help reduce soreness caused by the orthodontic appliance.
By following these tips, orthodontic patients can help to reduce the amount of pain and discomfort associated with orthodontic treatment. Remember to consult your orthodontist or orthodontic team if you have any questions regarding soreness and orthodontics. Give Smilebliss a call today to start your journey to the perfect smile!