During the typical orthodontic appointment, your adjustments can cause discomfort and pain that can last anywhere from a few hours to a few days. It is important to remember that each adjustment is helping you towards your goal of a beautiful smile. Here are a few ways to ease discomfort naturally so that you’re more comfortable throughout your orthodontic treatment.
Rinse with Lukewarm Salt Water
Salt has natural curing properties and it can be helpful to rinse your mouth out with salt water when you feel pain and discomfort from your braces. Just add a pinch of salt to a glass of lukewarm water and rinse.
Massage Your Gums
A good way to alleviate the pain you feel from your braces is to massage your gums. Just use one of your fingers to gently rub around your gums. For more effective results, numb the gums a bit with a piece of ice before massaging.
Eat a Frozen Treat
Eating a frozen treat like a sugar-free popsicle can also help relieve discomfort. The cold temperature of the frozen treat will help ease the pain and give you some relief. There are many recipes online for sugar-free popsicles so consider making your own in your favorite flavors.
AcceleDent Can Help!
AcceleDent is a simple-to-use, hands-free device designed for faster orthodontic treatment. Additionally, AcceleDent has been clinically proven to reduce the discomfort that may be associated with orthodontic treatment. For more information on where to find an orthodontist near you who offers AcceleDent visit our Doctor Locator.
Keep a Positive Attitude
Even though it can be uncomfortable to have your braces tightened, try to stay positive. Remember that the pain is only temporary and the discomfort you feel will be worth it in the end when you finally get to see your beautiful, perfectly aligned smile!