Dental braces are an effective treatment for teeth that are misaligned or overcrowded. Although they are designed to be comfortable, they can cause some discomfort at first. The following tips can help you to avoid dental pain during your orthodontics treatment.
1. Brush Gently
Many people apply too much pressure when they brush their teeth. Usually, this overapplication of pressure does not cause any major problems, but when you get braces it can press the wires against your teeth and gums, leading to discomfort or even bending your braces out of shape.
During your orthodontic treatment, it is a good idea to use an electric toothbrush that has a built-in pressure sensor to ensure you do not brush too hard. You should also use a soft toothbrush head. If you continue to get pain, switch your electric toothbrush into sensitive mode or switch to a toothbrush head that is designed for sensitive teeth.
2. Plan Meals Carefully
For a couple of days after you get your braces, you might prefer to eat soft foods, such as oatmeal or mashed potatoes or soup, rather than continuing with your usual diet. Chewing can be uncomfortable at first, although you should get used to eating with your braces in time. During your orthodontic treatment, you might find it useful to stay away from sticky foods, such as toffee or gum, which can get stuck in your braces.
3. Rinse With Salt Water
Although orthodontists take great care when applying braces, it is possible that your gums may be scratched or irritated. To keep these patches of irritation from turning into sores, rinse your mouth with salt water every day for a few days after the fitting. The salt in the water helps to remove bacteria that could infect a tiny wound. This simple home remedy can be very soothing.
4. Floss With an Interdental Brush
Flossing around braces is difficult, but it is more important than ever to keep the spaces between your teeth clean during orthodontic treatment. Use an interdental brush to remove plaque if you can't use string floss. This daily hygiene habit could help to avoid gum inflammation, which is common in people with braces.
5. Have Your Braces Adjusted
If your braces continue to cause discomfort, your orthodontist can adjust them. Don't be afraid to ask them to remove wires that scratch your cheeks or dig into your gums. A good orthodontist is always happy to go the extra mile to keep their patients comfortable.