After your child’s braces come off, their teeth will be straighter, healthier, and they’ll instantly have a boosted sense of confidence the moment they see their brand new smile in the mirror. Of course, until then, their braces need to be tightened regularly to ensure they’re moving the teeth correctly. This usually causes a little oral soreness and tenderness that can last for a few days, but thankfully, there are a few easy ways your child can get the relief they need at home. Here are 4 quick tips from an orthodontist in Powell on how to deal with braces pain.
1. Take an OTC Medication
Over-the-counter medications like Tylenol or ibuprofen can all take the edge off of braces-related discomfort, and their easily available at your local pharmacy or grocery store. Just make sure your child takes the medication as directed and doesn’t overdo it. These should only be used when other remedies (like those detailed below) won’t suffice.
2. Apply Dental Wax
Dental wax can be used to cover and smooth out any particular spot on the braces that is causing irritation. The day your child has their braces put on, their orthodontist will give them some. If more is needed, you can get it either from your orthodontist or a local pharmacy.
3. Use Peroxyl Rinse
If your child keeps developing oral sores despite using the tips above, it’s recommended to purchase Peroxyl Rinse. This is a hydrogen peroxide-based rinse and mild antiseptic that can be used to help relieve minor mouth irritation (e.g., due to canker/cold sores or orthodontic appliances). It works by releasing oxygen when it is applied to an affected area, which removes bacteria and reduces inflammation.
4. Adjust Their Diet
Chewing particularly hard or crunchy foods can make braces-related discomfort even worse, so for the first day or so after your child has had their braces tightened, have them stick to softer foods. This can include items like mashed potatoes, yogurt, soup, and pudding, all of which won’t put pressure on their sensitive teeth and gums.
Thankfully, any pain or sensitivity should go away on its own after a few days, and these tips will make those few days much easier. But, if your child experiences discomfort due to their braces for about a week, be sure to contact their orthodontist, and they’ll be happy to adjust them so they fit better. While the days after an adjustment appointment might not be fun, both you and your child will be so happy they got braces in the end!
About the Author
Dr. Jeffrey Shirck is an award-winning child and adult orthodontist based in Powell. In addition to providing a wide variety of treatments to enhance his patient’s smiles, he also strives to help everyone stay as comfortable as possible throughout the process, which is why he takes the time to fully tailor everyone’s care based on their unique needs. Is your child experiencing any problems related to their braces? Or, are they ready to start braces? If so, we invite you to give us a call and schedule a FREE consultation.