Most patients do not report sensitivity after they get their braces on at Global Smiles Orthodontics because we use gentle and slow movements to align teeth. Despite this, many types of orthodontic treatment can come with some after-treatment pressure because of dynamic movement going on in the patient’s dentition. Whether its Invisalign, braces, retainers, or palate expanders, it can be common for you or your child to feel some pressure after they leave the office. Here are some simple tips:
Use wax to cover the surfaces of braces to prevent sores. Some sores are caused from the inside of the mouth or lips coming into contact with orthodontic appliances. It’s also possible to buy lip protectors for your child to wear at night, to help prevent any unconscious rubbing of the lip against the braces while sleeping.
After the visit, drinking cool beverages, or eating cold, soft food (such as yogurt or ice cream) can relieve any after-appointment sensitivity.
If your child is feeling some discomfort, find something to cause a distraction. Encourage them to watch a favorite TV show or film, read a book, play with their friends, or take a walk outside.
In most cases, the pain will subside after a few days. But as a last resort taking Tylenol or Ibuprofen (if not allergic) about an hour or so before your scheduled visit can ease initial discomfort. This will help ensure the medication kicks in right around the time the work is being done.
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