Will Braces Hurt? How Do you Use Orthodontic Wax?
Arnold J Malerman, DDS
Will braces hurt? Yes, Orthodontic tooth movement can be temporarily annoying and uncomfortable, but there are ways to manage the discomfort. Remember that no one has ever died from braces or aligners.
If you have an area of soft tissue soreness, something is rubbing the inside of your cheeks, gums, tongue, lips, etc., put Orthodontic Wax onto the sticker, the part that’s sticking out. We have plenty wax, so feel free to stop into any of L&M’s 3 offices for some wax any time you need it. Dry the area to be waxed. Soften a pea-sized portion of wax by rolling it between your fingers. Cover the sticker with wax and tuck in around the brace. Then take a little bit of Orabase-B or Orajel with Benzocaine (available in the Dental section of your Pharmacy), put it onto a Q-tip, and dab (don’t rub) it onto the irritated soft tissue. It will numb up the sore spot. (Please click our video above to watch how to put the wax!)
Another suggestion is to eat a soft high-protein diet. When teeth are sore, soft foods are easier to manage. If you have a twisted knee, running up 3 flights of stairs will not help the knee heal. If your teeth are sore, a hamburger will be easier to manage than a steak. And look for high protein foods, like that just mentioned hamburger. Your body uses the proteins as building blocks to rebuild bone and soft tissue anatomy. An abundance of protein gives your body the raw materials, the building blocks, it needs to adjust. So go looking for foods that contain meat, fish, dairy products, beans, and/or poultry. Milkshake is great. Mashed potatoes or apple sauce is easy to get down, but low in protein. Try scrambled eggs, yoghurt, tuna salad, Mac n’Cheese, sprinkle cheese on a green salad, hot dogs and baked beans, and don’t forget that hamburger/turkey burger/fortified veggie burger. Expand your food choices.
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