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.