10 Super Effective & Easy Remedies for Braces Pain Relief!


Braces treatment is a blessing. But what about the braces pain? It is normal to feel discomfort and pain when you start wearing braces or each time after tightening your braces. Well, you don’t need to worry about that now! Here are 10 practical remedies for braces pain relief for you.

How to stop braces pain immediately

  1. Eat Soft Food Items
    If you eat hard and chewy food with braces, you risk aggravating your pain. Instead, eat soft and mushy foods which are gentle to your mouth like mashed potatoes, soups, cereals, etc.
  2. Oral Anesthetics
    You can get some relief from braces pain by rubbing oral anesthetics gels on your teeth and gums. They desensitize your teeth and gums to the pain. You can apply these gels with the help of a cotton swab or your fingers.
  3. Regular Oral Hygiene
    Gum infections and tooth decay are often caused by the food stuck in the wires and brackets of the braces. Good oral hygiene during braces treatment prevents these painful infections that can add up to your brace’s pain.
  4. Ice Pack & Cold Ice Water
    Ice numbs the pain and inflammation. Apply an ice pack from the outside of your mouth after your appointment with the orthodontist. If you don’t have an ice pack, sipping on ice-cold water can also do the trick.
  5. Warm Salt Water
    Like cold water, hot saltwater also soothes the brace’s pain and swelling. Gargle a few times a day with salt water. It will also help in healing the sores and cuts caused by braces on your gums.
  6. Hot Peppermint Tea Bags & Peppermint Oil
    Make yourself a lovely refreshing peppermint tea. Put the used tea bags on your affected area. You should do it when the bags are hot and damp. Applying some peppermint essential oil also works for braces pain relief.
  7. Gum Massage
    Massage your gums with your fingers in a circular motion. But remember not to overdo it. Rubbing an ice cube before the massage will increase its effect. Gum massage after braces tightening is a proven way to get some pain relief.
  8. Orthodontic Wax
    Your orthodontist will mostly recommend you a good orthodontics wax during your braces treatment. It protects injury to your inner cheeks and gums from sharp ends of braces brackets. It acts as a barrier between your mouth and braces.
  9. Over the counter PainkillersOver-the-counter pain medicines are ideal for relief from pain caused by the tightening of braces. You can take them before an hour you go for the appointment. But be careful about the dosage quantity. It is best to ask your dentist.
  10. Trust & Patience
    It is imperative to have trust in your orthodontist. At the same time, you need to be patient with the pain. The braces pain will last for only a few days until you get used to your braces.

Things to avoid when experiencing braces pain

1. Hard Foods: These can easily break or damage the wires and brackets of braces. Examples include nuts, hard candies, and ice.

2. Sticky Foods: Sticky foods can become lodged in braces, making them challenging to clean and increasing the risk of tooth decay. Avoid chewing gum, caramel, and toffees.

3. High-Sugar Foods and Drinks: Excessive sugar consumption can contribute to tooth decay, particularly when wearing braces. Steer clear of sugary sodas, candies, and snacks.

4. Foods with Small Seeds: Small seeds, like those found in strawberries or sesame seeds, can easily get stuck in braces, leading to discomfort and difficulty in cleaning.

When braces pain indicates a potential issue?

While braces typically cause some discomfort as teeth adjust, persistent severe pain, sharp localized pain, swelling, bleeding gums, or difficulty eating or speaking may indicate issues needing orthodontic attention to ensure treatment effectiveness and safety.

Bottom Line

The braces pain for some days is a small compromise you need to make for getting your teeth straight permanently. And these tips for braces pain relief are highly effective. So carry on with your journey towards a vibrant smile!


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Dr. Satish Pai

Dr. Satish Pai – an Ivy League trained dentist and a faculty at Columbia University, believes that a perfect smile not only makes a person look great but feel great while boosting confidence.  As the founder of Putnam Orthodontics, he is dedicated to not only creating perfect smiles for his patients but also educating people with his engaging articles about all things related to a perfect smile and oral health. Spending time with his family always brings a smile on his face. 

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