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How to Manage Pain from Braces
Posted on 08/18/2016
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How to Manage Pain from Braces

Doleski & Wolford Orthodontics strives to be your premier choice when it comes to braces in the Erie, Lawrence Park, and Corry, PA areas. We provide many types of braces, from metal to clear braces, and also the alternative to braces, Invisalign. Our mission is to make your orthodontic treatment as simple and comfortable as possible, though we realize that some patients may experience discomfort during the process, especially when braces are tightened. If you happen to feel any discomfort, our orthodontists like to give you a few suggestions as to how to manage the pain.

Dr. Doleski and Dr. Wolford’s Tips To Manage Pain From Braces

Take Over-the-Counter Pain Relief Medicine

Painkillers and other over-the-counter pain relief medicines are good ways to lessen and even eliminate any pain you’re experiencing from your braces. Just make sure not to overuse them and always follow the instructions listed on the label.

Use Oral Anesthetics

Oral anesthetics work by numbing the areas that are causing problems and desensitizing them to pain. By dabbing the gel onto the area of discomfort, it will numb you from braces pain for a period of time.

Use Ice or an Ice Pack

Ice packs are helpful for numbing pain from your braces just as they are for when you have an injury to other parts of your body. Ice can decrease inflammation, which will also lead to a decrease in pain. Drinking cold water or even just sucking on an ice cube can also be very helpful in curbing the discomfort you may feel from braces.

Give It Time

If the pain isn’t too bad, waiting it out is always an option. It’s not uncommon to feel pain or discomfort for the first few days of getting your braces on or having them adjusted. The pain is usually temporary and you’ll go back to feeling better soon.

Contact Your Erie, Lawrence Park, and Corry Orthodontist Today

If you’re still dealing with pain from your braces, we strongly encourage you to contact us and come in for an appointment. You can fill out our online appointment request form or give us a call at our office most convenient for you. You can reach us at (814) 835-3888 for our Erie office, (814) 898-0023 for our Lawrence Park office, or (814) 664-4434 for our Corry office. We look forward to making your orthodontic treatment as pain-free as possible!