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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


Foods to Avoid While Wearing Braces

Posted in Braces

If you now have braces, then it’s time to start being more careful about food choices. Specific foods can bend wires, break bands, and get stuck in hard-to-reach places. Here’s a list of some of the biggest culprits:

Crisp Fruits

Fruits with tough skin like apples and pears can damage braces. The good news is that you can still enjoy such foods – just make sure to cut the fruit into slices to make it easier on your braces!

Meat on the Bone

Things like ribs and chicken wings may be the favorite foods of some, especially during game time! You have to remember that chomping the meat right off the bone could also put some serious strain on your braces. Try to enjoy these treats off the bone.

Caramels and Gummies

Sticky sweets spell disaster for braces. They’re not good for teeth, in general, but they should especially be avoided with orthodontia.

Popcorn and Nuts

These kernels are a definite no-no! Tasty as they may be, you’ll have to find other snacking alternatives while wearing braces.

Doughy Items

Tough breads like bagels are notorious for bending wires! Not to mention, sticky carbohydrates play a big role in causing cavities. Having bready foods stuck between braces and teeth could be a recipe for tooth decay.

Time spent in braces could go by faster than you realize! Soon enough, you will be enjoying all of your favorite foods once more – this time with straight teeth! Treatment will be shortest when your teeth are kept healthy and your braces are kept in tact. For detailed instructions on getting the most out of orthodontic treatment, see your local dentist for regular checkups.

Posted on behalf of:
East Cobb Orthodontics
2810 Lassiter Rd
Marietta, GA 30062
(770) 993-7118

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