Hello, and welcome back to our blog. Last time we talked about five ways that you can reduce pain and irritation with braces. This time we’ll finish off the list with five more ways you can reduce the pain so you can get the beautiful and healthy smile you’ve been waiting for.

Braces are an important part of growing up for many children and young adults. For the most part, getting braces is a rather carefree process, however, tightening procedures can sometimes cause pain or soreness in the gums or wires can stick out the side of braces causing irritation that can be a big distraction. Keep reading to find out more.

Wash your mouth with salt water

A simple trick for soothing your mouth if you’ve got sores or irritation from braces is to swish salt water around in your mouth. Fill a glass with warm water and add a spoonful of salt to it. Mix it up and swish it around in your mouth for 60 seconds. If you don’t have any sores and want to reduce pain caused by your teeth moving and adjusting, this probably won’t help much.

Frozen teething rings

Teething rings aren’t just for babies, they can work wonders if you want to deal with pain caused by braces as well. If you want them to be even more effective, you should freeze it, put it in your mouth, and gently chew it in the area that hurts most. Move it around your mouth frequently and don’t chew in one area for too long.

Local Anesthetic

If there is a specific area that aches, you should try a local anesthetic like Orabase or Orajel. These gels can be used to numb gums and help you sleep, just make sure to use it only as directed on the packaging for it to be used as effectively as possible.

Use a heating pad

If the pain you’re experiencing is in the jaw area or on your cheek, it may be worth it to use a heating pad. If you don’t have a heating pad, a warm washcloth should do the trick. You can try doing this in tandem with the ice cube trick that we talked about in our last blog and see which one helps you out the most. If you want this to be effective, you may have to do it multiple times throughout the day for the best effect.


If you’ve tried all the tricks we’ve mentioned in this blog and the previous one and you’re still experiencing pain, you may need result to over-the-counter painkillers. One of the most common painkillers is ibuprofen which should relieve some pain. However, it’s important that you discuss this with your dentist before making any decisions.

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