After you get your braces put on, the first week or so will usually bring pain and discomfort. To relieve the pain here are some tips:
Rinse, Rinse, Rinse your mouth:
It is very common to develop sores on your lips and gums because they aren’t used to the roughness of the braces yet. To alleviate some pain make a weak solution of warm salt water with a 1/2 tsp of salt and a cup of water. This helps to ease the irritation. Do this rinse with warm salt water several times per day if possible.
Wax on, Wax off:
After leaving the orthodontist, make sure you grab a couple containers of wax. This will definitely help with the braces from rubbing the inside of your mouth as well as lips. Take some wax roll it into a ball and press it where you are in pain.
Ibuprofen or Tylenol:
Although braces are annoying, it doesn’t mean you will need narcotic drugs to deal with the discomfort. Usually a normal dose of Tylenol or Ibuprofen will do the trick. Expect that your teeth will hurt for a week or two. After that the pain should subside.
Don’t try to chew anything that is crunchy or challenging, such as sandwiches, chips, and foods similar. Instead try mashed potatoes, soups, yogurts, and other soft food. Suck on ice or eat some ice cream to numb your mouth and temporarily relieve the pain.
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