Welcome to Burke and Beckstrom Orthodontics! We understand that undergoing orthodontic treatment can sometimes be uncomfortable. However, effectively managing this discomfort is essential for a smooth and successful treatment journey. Here are our favorite tips and tricks to help combat any pain you experience throughout your treatment. 


Why Am I Experiencing Discomfort? 


Orthodontic treatment involves gradually moving teeth to achieve a straighter, healthier smile. As your teeth shift and adjust to new positions, it’s common to experience mild pain. Discomfort can arise from pressure on teeth, irritation from braces or aligners, or soreness in the gums and jaw. 


To address discomfort, it’s essential to understand its sources and duration. Discomfort typically peaks after adjustment appointments or when transitioning to a new set of aligners for those with Invisalign rather than traditional braces. Usually, it subsides within a few days as your mouth adjusts to the changes. 


Tips for Managing Discomfort


Proper Oral Care


Maintaining excellent oral hygiene is essential for minimizing discomfort during orthodontic treatment. Brush and floss regularly using the orthodontic-friendly supplies recommended by Dr. Burke and Dr Beckstrom. Additionally, consider using orthodontic wax to protect your chees and lips from irritation caused by wires and brackets. 


Remember to schedule regular orthodontic and dental appointments throughout your treatment. 


Orthodontic Wax


Orthodontic wax is a handy tool for minimizing irritation caused by brackets and wires. Apply a small amount of wax to any areas of your braces rubbing against your cheeks or lips. This creates a smooth surface and prevents further irritation. 


Need more orthodontic wax? Swing by our office, and we’ll happily provide additional supplies. 


Dietary Adjustments 


Certain foods can exacerbate discomfort significantly when braces or aligners are newly adjusted. Avoid hard, sticky, or crunchy foods that can put extra pressure on your teeth. Instead, opt for softer foods such as mashed potatoes, yogurt, or smoothies. 


Pain Relief Methods 


Over-the-counter medications can help alleviate pain during orthodontic treatment. Ibuprofen or acetaminophen can effectively reduce pain and inflammation. Applying cold packs or ice to the outside of your mouth can help numb discomfort and reduce swelling. 


Lifestyle Adjustments for Comfort 


Using Orthodontic Appliances Properly


Follow Dr. Burke and Dr. Beckstrom’s instructions for wearing and caring for your braces or aligners. Proper usage can minimize discomfort and ensure optimal and timely treatment results. 


Managing Stress and Anxiety


Stress and anxiety can amplify discomfort during orthodontic treatment. Practice relaxation techniques like deep breathing, meditation, or yoga to alleviate stress and promote overall well-being. 


Seek Support


Don’t hesitate to lean on friends, family, or online communities for support and encouragement. Sharing your experiences with others who understand what you’re going through can provide valuable reassurance and motivation.


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Managing discomfort during orthodontic treatment is achievable with the right strategies and support. By practicing proper oral care and visiting our office often, you can minimize discomfort on your journey toward a straighter, healthier smile. Remember, our team is always here to support you every step of the way. Don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or concerns about managing discomfort or your treatment in general. Together, we’ll ensure your orthodontic journey is as comfortable and successful as possible. 

Ready to take the next step towards a confident smile? Schedule your consultation today!