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For many young people, braces are necessary; They are an important part of oral health, promote proper growth, and result in a beautiful smile once it’s all said and done. However, one of the main turn offs for parents and children alike is that they can sometimes cause pain and discomfort. This is natural because your teeth and gums are undergoing a major change, but it is by no means a health risk or a reason to avoid getting braces. What you can do is take steps to mitigate the discomfort so that it doesn’t become a distraction. In this blog, we’re going to talk about several things you can do to prevent pain once you have braces.

Eat soft food

It may seem like common sense, but many people will wait until their gums are sore to start eating soft foods. When your braces are tightened, this will make the problem even worse. In order to fix this issue, you should prepare food differently; don’t avoid healthy foods like apples or carrots just because you can’t have them raw. Try making a pot roast and put some carrots in there to soften them up. Apples should be cut into small pieces and have the peel removed if necessary.

Massage your gums

Here’s one you may not have thought of. When you massage your gums, it’s just like massaging a sore muscle in your arm or legs—it can lead to temporary relief. Use your finger to gently massage the inside and outside of your gums. Don’t push too hard or massage them for too long as this could lead to more irritation.

Use ortho wax

Wax is a great tool for reducing pain and soreness with your braces. This wax can be bought at your local grocery store and can be applied to any part of your braces to prevent your gums from being poked or scratched by any part of the braces. This is especially important right after your braces have been tightened, because there may be wires sticking out that could cause pain.

Use a mouthguard

If you play a sport, you’ll want to use a mouthguard that’s good for people with braces. Try searching online or visit a sports equipment outlet to find one that works for you. Mouthguards will prevent injury to your teeth and jaw. They also prevent further soreness to your gums caused by your braces.

Suck on ice

Something as simple as sucking on an ice cube or using an ice pack on your face can help reduce pain, swelling, and inflammation. Just make sure you don’t bite the ice! Let it melt so that it doesn’t hurt your teeth.

If you’re ready to get braces in San Francisco, contact Camilo Riano Orthodontics. We’re proud to be able to offer our customers a wide range of orthodontic solutions in order to achieve their dental goals. We have Invisalign Braces, Incognito Lingual Braces, and clear braces. If you have any questions, contact us today or visit us online!

Stay tuned for part two of this blog!

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