Brunette woman touches her cheek due to braces pain

How to Relieve Braces Pain

June 21, 2019 6:26 pm

When you first get braces or have them tightened, you may experience some pain and discomfort. Read on for some suggestions for remedies to relieve your braces pain.


One of the easiest ways to calm braces pain is to ice the outside of the affected area. Use an ice pack, a baggie filled with crushed ice, or a bag of frozen veggies. Hydrate with a glass of ice water for additional relief.

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Pick up an oral anesthetic to help numb the discomfort. With a clean finger, rub the gel onto the area that’s hurting. You should feel the pain grow duller. Alternatively, over-the-counter pain medications like ibuprofen can also bring down pain associated with braces.

Orthodontic Wax

If you’re dealing with pain from your lips and cheeks being cut up or irritated by your braces, wax can help. The wax can be applied to any part of the braces that is rubbing against your mouth. It creates a barrier between the metal and the inside of your cheek, protecting it against additional irritation. Take the wax off before eating and when you brush your teeth.


For tender gums, try gently rubbing them with clean fingers. A brief massage may relieve some of the pain in the area. You may find that rubbing an ice cube on the gums will help too. The vibrations of an electric toothbrush can also massage your gums. Plus, you may find that an electric toothbrush makes your oral hygiene routine feel like less of a chore!

Get a Perfect Smile with Meason Orthodontics

Here at Meason Orthodontics in Weatherford, TX, we do all we can to make your experience with braces as comfortable as possible. If you’re struggling with orthodontic-related pain that just won’t go away, give us a call and we’ll get to the bottom of the issue!


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