Reduce Pain with Braces?
- Asked 2 years ago
Are there other gels besides Anbesol, that I can use for my gums for the pain?
Pain From Braces
Anbesol is a topical anesthetic that on works only on the surface, like what your dentist puts on your gums before giving an injection. I think the most reliable thing for orthodontic pain would be whatever over the counter pain medication you like to use, such as Advil or Tylenol.
A Simple Way to Shorten How Long Your Braces Hurt After Adjustment
While over-the-counter pain killers like Advil and Tylenol do help reduce your discomfort, there is a very simple way to reduce the amount of time you are sore after an adjustment. Because the pain associated with braces is caused by the same thing that causes cramps in your muscles (lactic acid), "massaging the teeth" can increase the circulation in the area and reduce the time you ache. The simplest way to perform such a tooth massage is simply by chewing sugarless gum following your adjustments!
Pain caused by orthodontic treatment is caused by pressure on the teeth from the braces. It is usually only a problem the first week or two after treatment starts. The pain is felt in the teeth, not in the gums. Anbesol and other surface anesthetics only numb the surface, so are not effective for orthodontic pain.
I usually recommend ice water or ice cream for my patients. If more pain control is needed an over the counter pain medication can be used. If pain persists more than a few days, see the orthodontist to make sure there are no problems, or if the braces can be loosened.
Reducing Pain from Braces
If you are having pain in the gums while wearing braces it generally indicates that you have unhealthy gums. Obviously, your teeth are much more difficult to brush and floss adequately with braces on. You must be dedicated to spending the extra time required. An electronic tooth brush and water pik are nice adjuncts to your oral hygiene. You should also consider seeing your hygienist more often. I always recommend that my orthodontic patients see their hygienist every 3-4 months.
If your sensitivity is coming from the teeth, especially after having your braces "tightened" you can rinse your mouth with ice water.
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