Using braces can help improve tooth position and a variety of other benefits. However, the use of braces is often overshadowed by the pain caused. Really and is there a way to overcome them?
Adverts often appear or where braces are placed not by a professional dentist. You should avoid these services. Dental braces should be done by orthodontists, dental specialists who have received special training in the tightening and alignment of rows of teeth.
The benefits of using braces are not trivial. Starting from tidying the location and arrangement of teeth, leveling the teeth of the upper and lower teeth, overcoming obstacles to speaking, difficulty chewing and gum disease, and tooth decay.
The use of braces, as part of the orthodontic procedure, will cause pain especially at the beginning of use. Usually more pronounced on permanent braces users, than can be removed.
However, there is no need to worry too much when your orthodontist recommends using braces. With professional treatment and advice from an orthodontist, the pain of using braces can be minimized.
Causes of Pain
The survey shows that the pain caused by orthodontic action is indeed one thing that can hinder, as well as cause reluctance of patients to continue treatment. Pain becomes one of the most feared things when someone wants to do orthodontic treatment. Various pains expressed by patients using braces are described as depressed, tense, aching and aching in the teeth.
The cause of pain due to the use of braces until now has not been known with certainty. However, a study showed that the possibility of discomfort was caused by changes in blood flow to the teeth due to pressure from dental braces.
In addition, friction of braces and other instruments with soft tissue in the mouth can cause pain. Even so, some time later, the network will adapt so that the user braces feel more comfortable.
Efforts to Reduce Pain
In order to get the maximum benefit from the use of braces, efforts should be made to reduce pain. Some things you can do include:
- During the first few weeks of using braces, you can use orthodontic wax (orthodontic wax) to avoid injury. Use it when you feel uncomfortable. Remove the wax from the package on your finger, then place it on the part of the braces that feels sharp or piercing.
- Choose soft foods that don’t need to be chewed much during the first few days after using braces. The pain will mainly be felt in 1-3 days after use.
- Avoid drinks and sour foods. The content of citrus in it can worsen the condition of sores in the mouth or trigger deeper pain.
- Avoid hard or sticky food because it can damage the braces while causing irritation. Also avoid the habit of biting into hard objects such as pens, pencils, and ice cubes
- Chewing gum will increase blood flow to the mouth and gums, so that it can help relieve discomfort.
- Cold foods such as ice cream can provide a sense of resistance that reduces pain. In addition, you can attach ice cubes to the area that feels pain.
- If necessary, ask your doctor to give pain relievers such as paracetamol or ibuprofen.
If the pain is excruciating or makes you unable to do routine activities, especially after the use of braces or every time you adjust braces, consult your orthodontist. Ask for the best solution to reduce excessive pain.