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5 Ways to Relieve Pain From Braces

A pediatric dentist putting braces on the teeth

Braces are a great way to move teeth into their proper alignment, but the process can be uncomfortable, especially for kids. At Tooth Fairy Pediatric Dental in Reno, we do everything possible to ensure your child has a fantastic experience when they get their braces put on or tightened. However, it’s not unusual to experience braces pain for the first few days after an adjustment to braces. The jaw, gums, and teeth can all experience discomfort as the braces work to straighten the teeth.

Don’t worry, though! The discomfort will last a few days at most. However, if your child is uncomfortable, you have several options to help with braces pain. Tooth Fairy Pediatric Dental has a few methods to relieve mouth pain from braces.

1. Use Wax

When you leave your appointment, make sure you receive orthodontic wax. This wax is made especially for your braces. If your braces are new, they may be causing the inside of your cheeks to feel raw. 

Wash your hands thoroughly. Put a generous piece of the wax between your fingertips. Hold the wax for a moment letting your skin’s heat warm it. The wax will become more pliable. Then, gently press the wax against the metal rubbing against the cheek.

Make sure your braces are as dry as possible so that the wax will stick better in the application. Once you get the resin in the right place, you should feel relief from any pain of the braces against the cheek. Over time, your child will adjust to the braces and won’t need the wax anymore.

2. Use Saltwater

A saltwater rinse is a great way to relieve braces pain, especially when they are new or are just tightened. The warm water brings pain relief, and the salt fights any bacteria there. The saltwater rinse will also help heal any sores braces may have created.

Heat water using your microwave or a kettle. Be sure that the water in your cup is not extremely hot. The water doesn’t need to be boiling, but just warm enough to soothe your mouth and dissolve the salt. When you add salt to the water, you only need a couple of pinches, then stir it in until dissolved.

Next, swish the solution in your mouth. You want to keep it to the front and sides of your mouth with your cheeks. You are not gargling! Do this for 30 seconds and then spit the water out. Repeat until your salted water is gone. Do this several times a day. This rinsing helps with braces pain. Within a few days, your pain should be gone.

3. Use An Ice Cube

Use Ice Cube

Sucking on an ice cube can make braces pain go away. Keep the following things in mind if you want to try this method.

The size of the cube is a consideration. If the cube is too big, it could be a choking hazard for your child. It can also become uncomfortable if it’s in the mouth too long. Second, make sure that your child does not chew on the ice. Chewing on ice is one of the most harmful things someone can do to their braces. Please remind your child that chewing on ice can damage their braces, causing them to have to return to the office to have them fixed. In addition, chewing on ice will not relieve braces pain. Instead, it will make it much worse. 

The best way to use the ice method is to give your child a few more minor ice chips. Then ask them to suck on them until completely melted. Crushed ice works best for this. You can use this method many times during the day.

4. Use A Medicated Gel

Several topical ointments and gels are on the market intending to relieve toothache. These medicines are also helpful in making braces pain go away. Your drugstore may have several options, but you can ask our office for a recommendation.

Study the gel’s instructions for use before administering it. There often is a limit of how often you can use it each day. The gel should numb any pain from braces reasonably quickly. However, there can be side effects, like itching or rash, so keep an eye on the affected area after the first application.

5. Use Pain Medicine

Is your child having a difficult time falling asleep due to pain? Use a painkiller like ibuprofen or acetaminophen (Tylenol). These medications will ensure a better night’s rest and are usually the longest-lasting way to relieve braces pain. Use these sparingly.

Schedule Your Child’s Appointment

If your child needs braces, there’s no place better to go in the greater Reno area than Tooth Fairy Pediatric Dental. Submit an online appointment request, and we’ll get in contact with you the same day. Or, if you prefer, you can contact us directly by phone, and we’ll answer all of your questions. 

We are here to give your child the best possible experience in creating that beautiful smile!

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