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When you first get your braces installed on your smile, you will most likely feel sore. This is because your teeth aren’t used to the new appliance or the pressure they are experiencing. The soreness is normal and to be expected. In fact, the soreness means the teeth are moving, which is what we want! To help you relieve the soreness, our orthodontist, Dr. Maynard Davenport, is happy to give you some tips.

-Numb your mouth with a numbing agent, like Orajel®. The numbing agent can be applied directly to your teeth and gums to provide relief.

-Ice the teeth, gums, and jaw with an ice pack.

-Take over-the-counter painkillers to relieve the pain. You can take ibuprofen, Advil, or Tylenol.

-Only eat soft foods. This is important because if you chew tough foods, then the pain will only get worse.

-Use your teeth often. I know it hurts, but the sore teeth are like sore muscles. The more you use them, the quicker they will feel better.

-When you eat and drink, choose cold products that can help you ice the mouth directly where it is sore.

-Be patient. Although the soreness is uncomfortable, it won’t last. In fact, it should subside within a few days. So, try to control the soreness until then.

Would you like to know more about how to relieve soreness from braces in Lakeside, Arizona? If so, please reach out to Maynard V Davenport Orthodontics at 928-367-2939 today. The more you know, the more comfortable you will be. So, don’t hesitate to contact our office. We look forward to helping you!