Getting braces is a momentous occasion in a child’s life. Not only is this treatment going to help them achieve a healthy, attractive smile, it is going to help them feel better and take better care of their teeth. Getting to these important goals can be intimidating, especially if a child has not known anyone with braces. Knowing what to do when you first get braces can make this period of adjustment much easier for children and parents. Adult and adolescent orthodontics patients will also find this information helpful for their first weeks wearing braces.
Managing Soreness and Discomfort
Regardless of what type of braces is used in treatment, some soreness following their placement is normal. Discomfort is most common on the second and third days following fitting, though soreness may persist into the fourth day to a lesser degree. After a week or two, most patients no longer experience any discomfort.
Soreness can be relieved with the help of a few different strategies, including:
- Rinsing with warm salt water
- Ibuprofen (Motrin)
- Acetaminophen (Tylenol)
Parents should read the dosing instructions of over-the-counter pain relievers carefully to provide the amount of medication appropriate for the age and weight of their child.
Learn More About Caring for Braces
Your orthodontists near Fort Worth will provide personalized guidance about these first weeks wearing braces. If you have questions about caring for braces, or about any of our other services, please contact our office during business hours. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Sheila Birth, Dr. Charles Stewart, or Dr. Cristi Fletcher by calling 817-880-6472.