Five Tips to Avoid Discomfort With Braces

If you have braces, you may find that they feel a little uncomfortable for the first couple of days when you’re getting used to wearing them and having them in your mouth. If you’re about to have braces fitted, here are five tips to avoid discomfort:

  1. Take painkillers: for the first couple of days, it’s normal to experience mild discomfort. If you are in pain, you can take painkillers. Your dentist can advise what to take. If you have severe pain or pain relief isn’t working, contact your dentist.
  2. Avoid hard foods: eating with braces can be hard to get used to at first, so try and stick to soft foods which are easier to eat while adjusting. Avoid anything that is hard or chewy foods which may get stuck in the wires and brackets. For the first few days, it’s best to adopt a soft food diet.
  3. Apply ice: if your gums are sore, wrap an ice pack in a cloth or towel and hold it against them. This will help to reduce pain and make you feel more comfortable.
  4. Be gentle when you brush: it can take a little getting used to brushing your teeth when you have braces, so be very gentle. Your dentist will give you some cleaning tips, and they’re always on the end of the line if you need any help or advice.
  5. Drink cold drinks: if your mouth is sore, drinking cold drinks can help to ease discomfort.

When you have braces fitted, your Essex dentist will give you advice about how to care for them, and also how to prevent and deal with pain in the first couple of days.