Many people are worried about having a brace because they assume that it will be painful. Orthodontic treatments have come a very long way in a short space of time, and they use the latest technology to minimise discomfort. However, for the first couple of days, you may find that your braces are slightly uncomfortable and it’s wise to take these tips on board:
Eat soft food: for the first couple of days, it’s a good idea not to be too adventurous at meal times. Try and stick to soft foods, which are easy to eat and avoid anything that is hard or chewy. Good examples include yoghurt, scrambled egg and soup.
Use brace wax: orthodontic wax can help to provide a barrier between your gums, cheeks and lips and the brackets and wires of your brace.
Take painkillers: if your braces feel uncomfortable, you should find that taking over the counter painkillers such as paracetamol helps. Always check the dosage instructions carefully and contact your dentist if pain persists or it starts to get worse. Take extra care if you’re already on medication. Ask your GP, pharmacist or dentist for advice if you’re not sure what to take.
Apply an ice pack: ice packs can help to soothe pain. Make sure you wrap your ice pack in a towel before you place it on the mouth.
If you are struggling with your braces or you’re worried about pain once you have your braces fitted, don’t hesitate to get in touch. We’ll do everything we can to help.
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