Dr. Gregory Ross, DDS has transformed many smiles using braces. Braces are a great way to straighten teeth but they are long process and there is some pain and discomfort along the way. Patients with braces often feel a little discomfort after their wires have been tightened, and patients with new braces usually experience some uncomfortable chafing as their mouth gets used to braces. These are both normal occurrences and you can ease the pain while getting to your perfect smile!
With a new set of braces, the insides of cheeks and lips will rub against the brackets and wires. The soft tissue will toughen as your mouth gets accustomed to the braces, but at first it can create sore spots. Dental wax is a great defense against this. Just a small piece can cover the edge of a bracket and relieve any chafing. After a set of braces is tightened a patient will also feel some pain and soreness. The patient should eat soft foods right after a tightening if they are experiencing discomfort. If the pain continues, over-the-counter pain relievers like Advil and Motrin are helpful. Please still contact the office if you experience any extreme or long-lasting discomfort.
To learn more about braces and all the services we provide, visit www.smilesbyross.com for more information. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Gregory Ross, DDS call our Forest Lake, MN location at 651-464-6988 or our Hudson, WI location at 715-808-8379.