Tips to reduce discomfort after getting braces


Have you recently gotten your braces fixed at Wilmington Orthodontic Center? We understand that the first few days after getting in your braces can be a little uncomfortable. There is a learning curve, and it takes some time to settle in with braces. Though a little discomfort goes a long way to a beautiful smile, there are some things you can do to ensure your adjustment phase goes by smoothly.

Read ahead as we unveil our top tips to reduce discomfort post getting your braces fixed. 

Oral anesthetic gels 

Apply some Lignocaine gel over the gums. It will have a mild anesthetic effect and will ease the discomfort. 

Pain medications

Ideally, braces should be painful. However, if the pain is too much, consider taking over-the-counter pain medication and contact us immediately. 

Cold compress

Take some ice and wrap it in a cloth. Use it as a cold compress from the outside. It will ease the irritation and help relieve some discomfort.

Soft foods 

Have soft food and cold liquids for a few days until you get used to eating with braces. Cold shakes, smoothies, etc., will provide you with the needed relief. 

Warm salt water rinse 

Add a few pinches of salt in lukewarm water and rinse your mouth thrice a day. This will help reduce any sensitivity and discomfort of the gums. 


If the wires or brackets are hurting or poking you, please reach out to us. We'll do the necessary repairs and apply some Orthodontic wax. The brackets will stop rubbing against your oral tissues, thus giving you the needed comfort.

Remember that braces should never be painful; if they are, then it's time to visit your orthodontist. If you have any more questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please reach out to us. Our team of excellent orthodontic professionals is here to assist you with comfortable teeth straightening experience in Wilmington.

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