Do you have pain from your braces?

Braces are one of the best ways of effectively straightening teeth. However, pain from your braces can be hard to deal with.

Are you struggling with painful braces?


It’s very common now for young adults to experience having braces. They are available at no cost to under-18s through the NHS. The most common complaint of having them is braces pain. Considering you’re having metal glued into your mouth, it’s no surprise that there is some discomfort. So we thought we’d suggest ways you can effectively ease the pain caused by braces.

Pain killers


It’s an obvious one, but a way nonetheless. Picking up some over the counter pain relief is the easiest way to ease braces pain. The pain most commonly occurs following having your braces tightened. So, once they have loosened and your teeth have moved to accommodate them, the pain should lessen. Go for ibuprofen as it is also an anti-inflammatory. Remember – always read the label!

Local anaesthetic


If you have braces pain in specific areas of your mouth, why not try a local anaesthetic, such as Gengigel? This type of spray will treat the areas of your gums that have been inflamed by your braces being tightened.

An ice pack or cold food and drinks


Ice packs soothe other injured parts of the body and your mouth is no different! If your mouth is sore after your braces are tightened, try applying a cold pack to the area or eat some ice cream or other cold food. Ice packs and cold foods can help reduce pain, swelling, and inflammation, and help relieve the pain.

Frozen teething rings

Following the theme of frozen things, teething rings aren’t just for babies! They can come in handy when it comes to dealing with braces pain. Teething rings are even more effective when you freeze them. Once frozen, simply put one in your mouth and chew on it gently in the area of your mouth that hurts most. Move it around to each of the sore areas until the pain and discomfort subsides.

Gargle salt water


In some cases, sores may develop on your cheeks and gums as they adapt to your braces. Swishing for just 60 seconds with warm salt water can reduce the irritation and alleviate soreness. It can also help to ward off any infection you may risk encountering.

Orthodontic wax


If you cannot stand the thought of gargling salt water, you can avoid it entirely. If you begin to experience irritation on your inner cheeks, your gums, or even your lips because of your braces, then orthodontic wax may be helpful. This wax is applied to the metal to reduce the irritation it causes on the inside of the mouth.

Massaging your gums.

Just like a massage can ease muscle pain in other parts of your body, massaging your gums with your fingers can help ease the pain. If your gums are swollen it can also help relax the tissue, making your newly tightened braces a little bit more comfortable.

Eat soft foods

soft-food-for-braces-painBraces pain can make eating difficult. Your teeth and gums are likely to become more sensitive. As a result, it is a good idea to avoid crunchy or hard foods, such as raw vegetables and chips. Instead, choose softer foods and drinks, such as smoothies, yogurt, soups, and mashed potatoes. After the pain subsides, you can resume your normal eating habits.

We wish you luck with your straightening treatment! If you’re thinking about getting braces but you aren’t sure, we hope this hasn’t put you off. Braces pain might be uncomfortable but they are one of the best long-term solutions for getting straight teeth.

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