Getting braces will give you a nicer smile, but are there any side-effects you should be wary of?
Unfortunately, there are a couple of negative risks you should be prepared to face.
Sore Teeth and Jaws
Braces put pressure on your teeth. This is a pressure controlled by a very experienced professional so there’s no need to worry, but it is an undeniably uncomfortable process.
Your tooth roots and the bone around your teeth may be especially sore after having your braces tightened. You may even feel some discomfort in your jaw.
Cuts on Your Cheeks and Lips
The brackets and wire ends can be painfully sharp. If you don’t do something to protect your mouth, these metal extensions can irritate the soft tissue inside your cheeks and lips.
How to Eliminate the Side-Effects of Braces
You may not be able to completely avoid the discomfort that comes with the orthodontic territory. Still, you don’t have to resign yourself to suffering.
Head off the side-effects before they strike by taking a small dose of over-the-counter pain reliever right before an orthodontic adjustment.
You can also put ice on sore gums to bring down swelling. Cushion sharp brackets and wires with orthodontic wax. An anesthetic gel can soothe any irritating sores you already have.
Braces Are Worth the Time!
Braces can be uncomfortable in the short term. But your orthodontist will help you find relief. Your treatment will end one day, and you’ll be glad you endured when you see the great results (not to mention the newfound self confidence.)
Talk with your dentist or orthodontist to learn more about minimizing the side-effects of braces.
Posted on behalf of:
Georgia Orthodontics & Children’s Dentistry
13075 Hwy 9, Suite 110
Milton, GA 30004
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