If you have braces, you may be experiencing a bit of discomfort as the brackets and wires of your appliance rub against the soft, sensitive tissues of your mouth. Still, there are things that you can do to help alleviate the discomfort associated with your braces. Here are a few of them:
1. Use orthodontic wax.
In order to keep abrasive areas of your braces from rubbing against your inner lips and cheeks, apply a bit of orthodontic wax to the areas along the appliance where contact is made with the soft tissues. The wax forms a non-abrasive barrier between your braces and the tissues of your mouth. As a result, painful sores, cuts and abrasions are less likely to occur.
2. Wear a night guard.
Often, dental patients use night guards to help prevent damage to their tooth enamel from teeth grinding. However, these specialized mouth guards can also be a great way to ease the pain associated with braces.
Like the orthodontic wax, a night guard offers a shield between the braces and your sensitive oral tissues. As a result, areas of your mouth are less likely to become caught or snagged on your braces as you sleep. Since the contours of your mouth are individualized and you are also wearing a dental appliance, it is best to use a custom night guard instead of a one-size-fits-all variety.
Your dentist or orthodontist can create an impression or mold of your mouth to serve as a pattern for your custom guard. The impression is sent to a dental lab where the custom guard can be fabricated. If there are any uncomfortable areas along the mouth guard during the initial fitting, the dental professional can make adjustments to the guard's structure to ensure that it fits comfortably without adding a great deal of bulk to your mouth.
3. Use an oral analgesic gel.
An oral analgesic gel can be applied to your gums and teeth to help alleviate any discomfort. These pain relievers can be purchased over-the-counter and are topically applied so that you can direct the medication as needed.
For additional ways to help alleviate the pain of braces, contact the team of orthodontists at The Best Braces today.