How to Reduce Pain from Braces

By September 21, 2015 July 7th, 2017 Blog, FAQ's, Life with Braces, Maintenance


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Pain from braces is normal for orthodontic patients, but you don’t have to live in agony. Relieve your discomfort by following these helpful pain management tips! At Dougherty Orthodontics, we strive to make your orthodontic treatment as enjoyable as possible. We hope that the information provided in this post will help keep your soreness to a minimum.

Tips for Reducing Pain from Braces

Here are some helpful tips and home remedies for reducing pain from braces:

  • Rinse your mouth with a warm saltwater mouthwash. Dissolve 1 teaspoon of salt in 8 ounces of warm water, and rinse your mouth vigorously.
  • Apply Orabase to the affected area. Colgate Orabase is an oral pain-relief paste found in most pharmacies. Use it to gain temporary relief from sores that may develop on your cheeks, tongue, or lips.
  • Place relief wax over your braces. Pinch off a pea-sized amount of the brace wax we give you, roll it into a ball, and press it over the area of your braces causing irritation.
  • Take Tylenol or Ibuprofen. If the tenderness is severe, take the same dose of Tylenol or Ibuprofen that you would take for a headache. This will help relieve the pain.
  • Eat soft foods. If eating is uncomfortable, remember that this is both normal and temporary. Try eating softer foods like bananas, smoothies, and mashed potatoes.
  • Brush with a soft toothbrush. Using a soft-bristled toothbrush will help reduce pain from braces. Check out our previous blog post for more info on how to brush properly with braces. (Tip: For the best results, use the free electric toothbrush that we give you when you start full braces with us!)

Orthodontic Emergencies

Besides pain and irritation, there are other issues you may need help with during orthodontic treatment. Common problems include loose or missing brackets, protruding wires, broken elastics, dislodged separators, and lost retainers. Typically, these situations are not urgent. However, occasionally a true emergency will arise. In this case, it may be necessary to schedule an emergency visit to the orthodontist. If you have a problem that you’re unable to take care of on your own, call us right away! If your appliance is damaged and you put off getting it fixed, this can lead to disruptions in treatment and extended time in braces. Click here for more info on orthodontic emergencies and what to do if one of these things happens to you.

Have any questions? Need help with reducing pain from braces? Contact us! Call our office at 636-825-1000 or email