What can you do to make your braces feel better? Rinsing with cool water or a cool drink can relax the wires and reduce the pressure for more comfort – especially just after we’ve placed a new wire or when a tooth is hooked up for the first time.
Your teeth aren’t really bothered by pressure, but changes in pressure. So when we change the wire, the new pressure can make your teeth sore. But not always. A change in your braces may not bother you at all. At other times a tooth can become sensitive for no obvious reason.
No matter what, cool water to your teeth and Advil or Ibuprofen are the best ways to make yourself comfortable. If you can’t take aspirin-type medications, use Tylenol or acetaminophen.
Chewing a small piece of gum may help as well, as long as you keep the pressure off the brace until the gum softens.