It can be uncomfortable after getting braces for the first time or after adjustments. Whenever you experience soreness, there are some things you can do to help ease your discomfort.
Eat foods that are soft, like bananas, oatmeal, mashed potatoes, and soup. Avoid hard, chewy, or sticky foods until the pain subsides and you can reintroduce those items.
Drink beverages that are chilled as cold as you can enjoy, because it can soothe aching gums and nerves. Cold drinks can give your mouth a bit of a numb feeling. Popsicles and ice cream are other good choices to freeze your mouth a bit.
Your orthodontist will provide you with wax designed to help eliminate friction between your braces and mouth, which can cause painful cuts or sores. If you develop an irritated area, roll a small bit of wax into a ball and place it on the wire or bracket that is bothering you. This gives your mouth time to heal and form a callus that protects that area.
Try using an over-the-counter anesthetic such as Orajel to temporarily relieve your discomfort. Ask your orthodontist before you apply medication, and follow the packaging directions.
An effective remedy that helps relieve soreness is rinsing with salt water. Add a teaspoon of salt to a glass of warm water, stir it until it dissolves, and then rinse with this mixture a few times a day.
Over-the-counter pain medications like ibuprofen and acetaminophen can help with the pain of braces. Ibuprofen also reduces inflammation, which can be an added bonus. Follow the package directions for taking any medications.