Braces are a necessary evil if you want to straighten out misaligned teeth, and not only do they look unattractive, and can make eating uncomfortable, but they can also be very painful when first fitted, or when being adjusted. The pain is caused by forcing teeth into a different position each time, and will go after a few days. However, if you don’t think that you can take the discomfort while the teeth are settling into their new places, then there are some ways that you can get rid of braces pain fast.
The simplest way to ease the pain of teeth is to take medication designed to reduce this pain. Paracetamol, aspirin and ibuprofen can all be used to ease some of the discomfort around painful braces. You should also try to consume foods which are likely to be easy on teeth, including yogurt, soup and porridge. Try to avoid vegetables and fruits which require a lot of pressure on teeth to break down fibres. However, you should also try to chew more, as this can help the teeth to settle back down, and will help increase blood flow to your gums, healing the surface and reducing discomfort.
When braces are painful, one of the best solutions to fixing the problem is to try and numb the gums. Ice and cold foods can help you to soothe the pain, and try sucking frozen fruit juice lollies. Be sure to avoid sugary treats which can cause the teeth to decay. You may also rinse the gums regularly with salt water, or gently rub the surface of the gums with ice, and then massage the flesh. This can all help to solve pain in the gums.
Pain after the teeth have been adjusted can be caused by the braces themselves. Dentists always recommend that you thoroughly clean the braces, including flossing, using mouthwash, and scrubbing the brush itself. You may also find that there is a small wire protruding from the braces after adjustment. Use the wax given to you by your dentist to smooth the surfaces, and ease friction between your braces and the gums. Try to avoid moving the braces with your tongue, for example, as this can twist the wire out of alignment, making the pain in your teeth worse, not better. If you are still in a lot of pain after a few days, speak to your dentist.
If you have lost more than one tooth from the same part of your mouth, then you may be facing having to wear a total or partial denture. Dentures in the past covered the whole mouth, but more and more people are now being offered partial dentures, which fit into the mouth and supply a chewing surface for the part of the jawline which is missing. However, regardless of how large or small the denture, users are still likely to find that there are problems with chewing, which can mean that eating some foods is completely impossible.
If you are wearing dentures, or a denture plate, then there are a number of foods that you won’t be able to eat.
If you want to enjoy eating with dentures as much as you did with your own set of teeth, then you need to adapt your eating habits to fit in with your new lifestyle. You might want to cut up foods into small chunks to make chewing easier, or you may decide to replace the foods above with alternatives that won’t risk the dentures.
One alternative to dentures is dental implants. This involves titanium or ceramic implants that act as a replacement root of a tooth that fuses with the jaw bone. These then anchor on the restoration which could either be dentures, crowns, or bridges. Implants are more reliable than dentures, and less likely to shift in use as they are fixed. More importantly, they will allow you to enjoy eating all the foods you love with no complications or irritations.
If you have had dentures fitted to replace lost or extracted teeth, then you may find that you make strange noises when you eat. These sounds can range from clattering as you bite into something firm, to a slight clicking noise which occurs during chewing. If you are adjusting to your new dentures, these sounds can ease with time, but if you are still experiencing problems a few weeks after the denture fitting session, then you may need to have a think about the reasons why your dentures are making particular noises when you chew.
In the past, dentures used to be poorly fitted, and this often meant that their dentures would rattle and clack when they ate. Modern dentures are more accurately fitted, and so rattling while chewing can indicate a few problems. These can include:
Clicking noises can be caused by the same type of problem that is described above, but they can also be caused by movement in the denture plate itself. If you find that you are making a number of clicking noises when talking or eating, then you should go back to your dentist, and ask them to check out the plate and the fit around the soft palate. Taking the time to have these checks made will help you to solve the problem of noises when you eat, and will also ensure that the dentures have a longer lifespan. If you experience any problems including noises with new dentures, seek advice from your dentist.
If you are losing a number of your natural teeth, then your dentist may want to offer you the chance to have dentures. Everyone is familiar with the traditional style of dentures, grandpa’s false teeth which used to sit in a glass of water on the nightstand, but not all modern dentures have to be like this. If you are losing your teeth early and don’t want to consider having a complete set of false teeth just yet, then you may want to learn about the different types of dentures, and try to find a set that work best for you.
These are the full set that you would have seen in the past. There are two varieties of these, known as Immediate and Conventional. Which type you have will depend on when you have your dentures made. Immediate dentures, as the name suggests, are made prior to the teeth being extracted, and can be put into place on the same day. These are ideal for denture beginners, but will need to be replaced with Conventional dentures once the gums have shrunk back into the jawbone. The latter dentures require extensive fitting and adjustment, and even after this, they will still require replacement after one or two years of use.
Partial dentures are a more modern way of replacing lost teeth. In this case, the partial denture, also known as a bridge, is used when only a few teeth have been lost, and the majority of your natural teeth remain. The partial denture involves either a fixed bridge, which is used to span the gap between two teeth, and is fixed into place with dental cement. The other partial denture is fitted onto a pink plastic base, and can be removed easily. Partial dentures are the best alternative for most people who are losing teeth due to decay.
If you are still not sure about which types of dentures to use, then you should consider dental implants. These are false teeth which are secured into the gumline, and closely resemble natural teeth. Dental implants are very popular, although not everyone can be fitted for these dentures. They are also expensive, so patients will have to weigh up the potential advantages of having fixed teeth with the risks and the expense. If you can have this type of denture, it can be the best alternative.
Many people have a fear of the dentists, whether they have had a good reason in the past or simply because it is something they have learned from their parents. If you are concerned about a visit to the dentist, then there are several things that you can do in order to make it a pleasant and easy experience. Addressing the elements of a dentist’s visit which makes you nervous can help both you and the dental team to relax.
This is the most common type of dentist phobia, and was also much more common in the past, when dental equipment was primitive and personal dental hygiene was less sophisticated. These elements together meant that a regular trip to the dentist was likely to result in uncomfortable treatments. The sound of the dentist’s drill can still send shivers up the spines of some patients. In order to overcome this kind of fear, patients can benefit from a beginner’s appointment with the dentist. At this point, there will be no treatments, so you can just talk to the dentist, explain your fears, and have them discuss your treatment options. Dentists may offer to start with basic treatments, such as a dental polish, before moving on to more serious treatments. This can help you to feel more comfortable in the dentist’s surgery.
If you are more nervous about visiting the dentist rather than the treatments themselves, then you may have to deal with a different set of feelings. Most people who are afraid of the dentist have never had a bad experience – in some cases they might not have ever been to the dentist – but they learn their fear from family experiences or media depictions of dentists. Children learnt to be nervous of the dentist, and their children have learnt to be nervous of visits to the dentist because they are watching their parent’s reaction. People can also fear dentists if they have had negative experiences in the past, either as young children or as adults with poor teeth.
These types of fears are often psychologically rooted, and some patients benefit from talking to our dental hygienists first in order to ‘warm up’ for a full dental appointment. Finding the right dental practice can be essential for those with a fear of dentists, and it may help to talk to the dentist before making an appointment to reassure yourself that they are friendly and helpful.
We work with a cognitive behavioral therapist, Omisona Fasina, who helps our really nervous patients overcome their fear and helps them to attend their appointments no problem at all.
The CBT process is all about understanding what caused the initial fear and helps change the way you see what your scared of, to then enable you to overcome your fear and proceed with your desired treatment.
Call us to book your free consultation at the clinic or with our cognitive behavioral therapist.