Sore From Braces? Try These 5 Tips

Posted on February 24, 2023

If you’ve recently gotten braces then you’re taking a big step toward achieving your desired smile. As with most new things, this decision might come with soreness and discomfort, but don’t worry, there are many ways to help ease the pain while allowing you to adjust to your new braces.

1. Use Orthodontic Wax

This sticky wax often comes with your braces and can be used to cover sharp or uncomfortable areas where brackets are rubbing on the insides of your mouth. Orthodontic wax is also great for preventing cuts, scrapes, and sores. You can find more wax at most pharmacies once you run out of it. Be sure to ask for more at your next orthodontist visit as well.

2. Take Pain Relievers

Over-the-counter pain relievers such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen can provide temporary relief from braces-related soreness. Be sure to follow the dosage instructions on the bottle or packaging when taking these medications.

3. Avoid Eating Hard Foods

Crunchy foods and hard candy can be difficult to chew with braces, resulting in more soreness from your brackets or wires. Avoid the taffy and raw carrots for a while, and your teeth will thank you. Try sticking to soft and easy-to-chew foods for a few days or weeks. Oatmeal, ice cream, soup, yogurt, and smoothies are all great options.

4. Rinse Your Mouth With Warm Salt Water.

A warm salt water rinse is a cheap and easy way to reduce inflammation and soreness. Simply mix one teaspoon of salt into a cup of warm water and rinse your mouth for 10-15 seconds. You can do this up to four times per day.

5. Use a Cold Compress.

Applying an ice pack to the sore area can do wonders for reducing swelling and pain. This can be especially helpful if you’ve recently had a tightening appointment with your orthodontist. It’s easy to make a pack if you don’t want to purchase one. Simply fill a plastic bag with ice cubes and wrap it in a cloth before placing it on the affected area.

Adjusting to braces can be uncomfortable, but it doesn’t have to be unbearable. With the help of orthodontic wax, pain relievers, soft foods, salt water rinses, and cold compresses, you’ll find relief from the soreness of your braces in no time. Contact our orthodontist office today for alignment treatment, braces, and other related concerns.