Dental Tips Blog

Sep
22

How Long does it Take to Get Used to Braces?

Posted in Braces

One of the first questions almost everyone asks before getting orthodontic treatment is this: when will I get used to my braces?

Fortunately, the answer is: sooner than you think!

Getting the Braces Put On

Bonding the brackets and placing the wires doesn’t hurt at all. The process of getting braces is more long than it is uncomfortable.

The First Few Hours

One thing you’ll notice right away is that your braces will trigger a lot of drooling. This may last anywhere from a few minutes to a few hours. You mouth needs to get used to the presence of a weird new object and reacts as if you have food in your mouth. Thus, all the extra saliva.

The First Few Days

Your braces will likely feel tight from the moment the wires are snugged into place. You’ll probably find the tension annoying, at first. Stay busy in your normal routine to keep your mind (and tongue) off your braces.

Over-the-counter pain meds, ice water, and a soft foods diet will help you get through the discomfort of the early days.

It also helps to sleep on your back so your sore teeth don’t get pressed against your cheeks and lips.

The First Weeks of Having Braces

You should be well-adjusted to your braces by the time the first week is up. From then on out, it all gets easier. Subsequent adjustment appointments will cause some more tightness, but you’ll recover faster than you did the first time.

Remember that if your braces are making you slightly uncomfortable, it means they’re moving your teeth!

Ask your dentist or orthodontist for more detailed instructions on how to stay comfortable during your orthodontic treatment.

Posted on behalf of:
Huebner Smiles Dentistry and Orthodontics
12055 Vance Jackson Rd #103
San Antonio, TX 78230
(210) 625-7056

Jun
9

What to Do When Braces Hurt Your Teeth

Posted in Braces

You try to tell yourself again and again that braces are worth the wait and worth the trouble.

Even still, the discomfort braces can cause could be enough to give you second thoughts.

Why Do Braces Hurt?

There are a few ways that orthodontia taxes your mouth:

  • Loose wires poking your gums
  • Brackets chafing against your cheeks
  • Aching teeth and gums after getting braces adjusted

The good news is that it’s only a matter of a few days for your mouth to adjust to the tension after getting an adjustment.

But it’s an entirely different nightmare if soft tissues in your mouth are suffering because of coming in contact with the irritating metal. There’s nothing that annoys you the way this does!

How To Cope

Avoid foods that you have to chew really well for the first few days after an adjustment. Your jaw and teeth don’t need any more tension put on them. Ice cream, soft fruit, mashed veggies, and macaroni and cheese are perfect for times like this.

If your doctor okays it, take some ibuprofen or another painkiller to take the edge off your discomfort.

Ice packs are another great way to numb up sore gums and bone. Try applying a cold compress to the side of your face for about 5-10 minutes at a time. There are even some “freezable” dental products you can use to relieve your gums.

Pack some ortho wax around bothersome metal piece to cushion the soft tissues.

If your mouth sores are really bad, swish with warm salt water to keep them clean and bring down inflammation. Next, coat them in a a topical oral painkiller.

Need more ideas to get relief? Talk with your dentist or orthodontist for tips.

Posted on behalf of:
Walton Orthodontics
2609 Peachtree Pkwy #C
Suwanee, GA 30024
(770) 663-0955

Sep
8

3 Ways to Make Your Braces More Comfortable

Posted in Braces

Braces are wonderful for creating your smile into something new! They’re also great for your oral health because straight teeth are easier to clean than ones out of alignment.

But let’s face it: braces can be a real pain while you’re wearing them. Let’s take a look at just three ways you can relieve some of your discomfort and make treatment more comfortable.

  1. Dental Wax and Dental Silicone

The most direct way of dealing with the cause of mouth sores is to put a barrier between your tissues and the brackets or wires. Materials such as dental wax and silicone are great for this. Your orthodontist has likely already given you a sample of it. The wax is usually easier to work with. You just pinch off the amount you need, roll it into a ball, and mold it over the bracket or wire that’s bothering you.

  1. Warm Salt Water Rinse

For an economical, simple, and effective treatment, simply use a salt water rinse. Dissolve about a teaspoon of table salt in one glass of warm tap water. Swish this concoction several times a day to ease the sores on your cheeks and help them heal up faster.

  1. Ice Cream

Eating ice cream can help dull pain from braces – but make sure you brush afterwards!

Really, though, cold foods and drinks can numb your aching teeth or stinging cheeks. It doesn’t have to be ice cream. Even sipping on ice water could do the trick.

Ask your orthodontist for more tips on keeping your smile vibrant and comfortable while you finish up your orthodontic treatment.

Posted on behalf of:
Gilreath Dental Associates
200 White St NW
Marietta, GA 30060
(770) 514-1224

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