One of the most common reasons why individuals are averse to orthodontic treatment is the fear of the amount of pain involved. While it is true that you will have some initial discomfort once you receive the appliances, and after routine adjustments, this feeling does not last for very long.
Writing on his blog, West Virginia orthodontist Dr. Joseph Thomson says that "the normal period of time to get used to braces, right after they are placed, is about one week or less. The majority of discomfort is the day after the braces are placed […] With subsequent monthly appointments, after initial placement, your teeth may be sore for just a day or two or not at all. So the first week is the hardest."
To minimize pain during your first few weeks of orthodontic treatment, we offer the following suggestions:
- Don't touch or pick at your braces
- Eat soft foods like yogurt and applesauce
- Rinse your mouth with warm salt water
- Sleep on your back to prevent pushing your teeth and braces into your lips
- Take over-the-counter pain medications
- Use wax.
If your pain is being caused by poking or loose wires, you can cut off the ends and cover them with wax to stop the irritation. For situations in which your braces are causing you severe pain, you should make an emergency appointment with your orthodontist.
Contact a New York City orthodontist today if you are interested in learning more about orthodontic treatment. The staff at Upper Eastside Orthodontists would be happy to answer any questions that you may have.