The Truth About Braces

Braces get a bad rap!  Yes, some patients may feel mild discomfort when they first get braces placed, or after periodic adjustments are made to the braces, but typically, braces are very-well tolerated!  Just in case you have some mild soreness, we have several easy solutions to reduce or eliminate your temporary discomfort.

Below, we’ve provided several tips to help make you comfortable!

Over-the-counter medications

For some patients, over-the-counter pain relievers such as acetaminophen, aspirin and ibuprofen, quickly do the trick. You can also save money by buying generic pain relief medications, which can be found in most supermarkets and pharmacies. Be sure to read all of the instructions on the medication label before taking it. Don’t ever take more than the recommended dosage.

If over-the-counter medication works for you, take some an hour before your next adjustment and it will help to avert discomfort.

Eat soft foods

At first, your Fioritto dentist will likely recommend sticking to soft foods for a little while. It’s also important to avoid certain foods entirely when you have braces, including hard candy and gum. In no time, you’ll be eating your favorite foods again.  Just keep in mind how fantastic your smile will be when your braces come off!!

Take care of your mouth

Stick to a good dental care routine! With braces, it’s especially important to brush your teeth. This will help prevent tooth decay and gum inflammation. Food often gets stuck in braces after eating, so it’s best to brush after every meal. Rinse with antibacterial mouthwash, and don’t forget to floss as well.

Salt and warm water

Braces can occasionally cause irritation to the soft tissues in your mouth. To stop the irritation and speed up the healing process, mix some warm water with salt, then swoosh it around your mouth for a few minutes. Saltwater helps reduce inflammation and bacteria in the mouth.


Ice isn’t just useful for helping to alleviate muscle soreness and joint pain. It can also help soothe any tenderness caused by braces. Simply place an ice pack, wrapped in a towel, on the outside of your mouth for a few minutes. Sipping on a glass of cold ice water will also help reduce inflammation inside of your mouth.

Give yourself a gum massage

Show yourself some love by gently rubbing the outside of your mouth with your fingers. It’s often surprising how much a simple gum massage can help relieve minor aches.

Speak with your dentist

As always, Fioritto Family Dental is here to help you!  Have questions about your braces? Give us a call, or schedule your next dental visit. Our number one priority is your comfort and well-being!

Call us today!