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Experiencing pain after getting your first set of braces on is quite a normal experience – many of our patients tend to experience tenderness and soreness along the gumline when wearing their new braces for the first time, but these symptoms will usually go away within as little as two weeks. For orthodontists, they’re able to provide numerous methods for treating orthodontic pain, but if you’ve received braces from your primary dentist, then you may be wondering how they can help with your orthodontic pain? Your primary dentist can help relieve orthodontic pain in many ways, and throughout this article, we’ll share some of the most commonly used and effective treatments for orthodontic pain.

How Your Primary Dentist Can Provide Orthodontic Pain Relief

When fixed appliances have to be used to correct the jawline, then patients may experience some soreness along the gums and jawline. Orthodontic pain can often be influenced by pain tolerances, appliance type, age, and other factors, and this type of pain often varies from patient to patient. Orthodontists are often prepared to handle signs of orthodontic pain with management techniques and treatments, including both medication and at-home therapy treatment. In these cases, many orthodontists need to diagnose their patient’s case by case and select the appropriate treatments for them based on their tolerances.

However, primary dentists have a selection of pain management techniques that can be just as effective as orthodontic treatment. To help patients with orthodontic pain, especially from wearing braces,

  • Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs: NSAIDs are able to provide extended pain relief and are considered the safest options when dealing with orthodontic pain caused by excessive tooth movement. Options such as ibuprofen and acetaminophen can work to relieve pain, but all depend on a case-by-case basis. 
  • Analgesics: This type of medication includes a combination of NSAIDs and opioid drugs or prescription narcotic drugs to provide more immediate pain relief. The use of analgesics highly depends on how they’re used to determine how effective they’ll be for the patient. However, general prescriptions such as NSAIDs are recommended first as the first step towards pain relief. 
  • Targeted Nutritional Guidance: In other cases, diet can have a huge influence on how orthodontic pain develops, and providing nutritional guidance to avoid triggering pain can help prevent it from occurring during the adjustment period. 

While primary dentists will be able to treat orthodontic pain on the surface, any signs of immediate problems, including the development of abscesses, severe gum irritation, and enamel chipping, should be seen by an orthodontist right away. Your orthodontist will not only be able to treat the issue but also provide other forms of orthodontic treatments such as oral numbing gels and waxes. Most often, however, the best remedy for orthodontic pain caused by braces is with time and patience. 

Seeking Dental Treatment For Orthodontic Pain

If you’re experiencing any form of dental pain, whether from braces or not, it’s vital to see your dentist to help negate the risk of any oral problems that may affect your health. By contacting your dentist today, you can protect and care for your teeth and gums for life!

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Dr. Beau Blankenship, DDS Under the guidance of Dr. Beau Blankenship, Sabal General Dentistry brings dental care to families in and around the Rockdale, TX area with over a decade of experience. As a dental surgery graduate of the University of Texas Health Science Center, he focuses on building patient relationships that last a lifetime.

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