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Overall Discomfort from Shifting Teeth

In the course of your treatment, you will have some days with more discomfort than others. There are a few things that you can do to get some relief.

Remember what Dr. Ames would say: “The juice is worth the squeeze!”

For starters, try an over-the-counter pain reliever such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen prior to your first two appointments, prior to getting separators (spacers) placed, or as needed after an appointment. Please be sure to follow the instructions on the bottle carefully.

Secondly, try chewing sugarless gum or the bite wafer (sometimes called a “chew toy”) that we included in the bag we sent home with you the day you got your braces on. This helps relieve discomfort by reducing inflammation around the teeth. Next, you may use a topical anesthetic such as benzocaine (OrabaseTM). Follow instructions on the box or tube.

Above all, at the times when pressure on your moving teeth is the most intense, please be gentle with your teeth and with yourself. Eat soft foods cut into small pieces.

Know that you will be more comfortable soon, as your teeth find their new positions!

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