It's not uncommon for braces to cause some level of discomfort. This is especially the case when it comes to new braces. However, this doesn't mean you have to be in pain. There are a number of things you can do to help relieve some of the discomfort without the fear of damaging your braces. 

Cold Drinks And Food

Enjoying a cold beverage or food is a great way to naturally relive the discomfort after you have your new braces installed. When you eat or drink something cold it helps to numb your mouth. When the area is numb, this in turn dulls the pain. A glass of chilled water, ice cream or a healthy fruit freeze are just some of the cold options you can consider.  

If you are unable to eat or drink any of these foods, applying a cold compress around your mouth is an option that can produce the same type of result. While it would seem like a great option, you want to avoid chewing ice to try and numb the pain. Ice can actually crack the cement that is helping bond the braces to your teeth and cause significant damage. 

Bite Guard

For some people, biting down on a special dental appliance can help relieve some of their discomfort. A bite guard, sometimes referred to as a bite wafer, can help in this instance. When you bite down on the wafer, this helps increase blood circulation in your mouth which can sometimes ease the pain. 

The bite guard is designed very similar to a mouth guard and can sometimes be customized to fit the dimensions of your mouth if you receive the guard from your dental provider. This appliance is made from a durable plastic material that allows you to bite down without the fear of biting too hard and possibly damaging your teeth or braces. You can wear the wafer only when you need it.

Be Safe

While some issues can easily be resolved on your own, if you find that nothing is helping relive the pain around your braces or it is increasing in intensity, don't hesitate to reach out to your orthodontist. In some instances, there could be a serious underlying dental issue that is causing your discomfort. In this case, allowing your orthodontist to diagnose and treat you is best.

Wearing braces shouldn't mean automatic discomfort. Make sure you are engaging in those practices that can bring you comfort.

To learn more about orthodontic treatment, contact a company like Arrowhead Family Dentistry