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Braces Causing You a Headache?

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It’s common to suffer from some discomfort after getting your braces adjusted. If you’ve got a headache from your orthodontic appliances, then you’ll be glad to hear that it’s only temporary. Your jaw may complain a bit as it’s coaxed into a new position, but it does adjust, with time.

Keep in mind, any jaw or head pain you suffered from in the past due to a bad bite can be done away with, thanks to braces.

In the meantime, however, you’re in desperate need of relief! Here’s what you can do.

How to Alleviate Pain from an Orthodontic Adjustment

  • Use an over-the-counter painkiller approved by your doctor
  • Take a painkiller such as ibuprofen right before your adjustment appointment
  • Avoid chewing and stick to a soft foods diet for a couple days
  • Apply a topical oral anesthetic gel to sore gums
  • Wrap your head in a warm compress to relax the muscles and joints in your jaw

Time to Switch Braces?

Some patients who wear braces are convinced that switching tooth alignment methods or stopping treatment altogether is the only way to get relief.

The best course of action, though, is to just be patient. The discomfort means that your orthodontia is doing its job right now. If you’re able to hang in there, you’ll have the uncomfortable part over with very soon. Quitting now will likely predispose you to TMJ headaches down the road due to misaligned teeth. Switching to another method of braces may only prolong the time that you have to wear them.

Talk with your orthodontist or family dentist to find out what can be done to make your orthodontic treatment as pain-free as possible.

Posted on behalf of:
Group Health Dental
230 W 41
st St
New York, NY 10036
(212) 398-9690

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