For more ordinary complaints and irritants, we recommend a few general procedures to relieve the symptoms. Give us a call or visit our orthodontics office in Chevy Chase, MD today.
In instances like blunt trauma, rapid swelling or severe pain, we always recommend the emergency room. For more ordinary complaints and irritants, we recommend a few general procedures to relieve the symptoms.
Are you experiencing:
An all-over tenderness typically follows any new application of braces or orthodontic devices. Expect between 3-5 days of soreness, gradually tapering until it becomes unnoticeable. Try an over-the-counter pain medication, then rinse with a warm glass of salt water to temporarily reduce inflammation and sensitivity.
If a loose bracket or wire is acutely irritating a portion of your mouth for days on end, apply wax to the area of irritation. Using a pencil eraser, you may be able to maneuver the loose end back into place. If the pain is too great or an appliance breaks, please call us to schedule an appointment.
If you have a wire that is poking you, a clean eraser or end of a pencil can be used to safely push the poking wire into a more comfortable position. Orthodontic wax can also be applied for extra comfort.
Early on in orthodontic treatment, sore gums can be common. A few ways to avoid discomfort are to floss on a daily basis, use a soft-bristled toothbrush, and rinse with mouthwash after brushing. Gargling with salt water is also a quick trick for fast relief.
Trauma to Teeth
If you experience any trauma to the mouth (i.e. falling, a blow to the mouth while playing sports, etc.), please give us a call so we can examine your mouth and any potential damage to your teeth or braces. If you experience bleeding, you can rinse your mouth out with salt water while waiting for your appointment.
Minor pain and discomfort while wearing aligners is normal and is a sign that aligners are working. Over-the-counter pain medicine should help minimize discomfort. If the aligner is irritating your gums or tongue, give us a call. We may need to do a small modification to the aligner so that it fits more comfortably in your mouth.