Orthodontic adjustments are critical to the health of your teeth. When you visit your orthodontist, he or she may need to make some adjustments that cause some discomfort. Be sure to ask your orthodontist about what he or she is doing, as it is important to understand what is happening in your mouth. Speaking to your doctor can help you to visualize the adjustment, and understanding what is happening in your mouth is critical to dealing with discomfort.
Length of the Discomfort
The discomfort that you may encounter after an adjustment can last several hours or several days, depending upon the amount of adjustment that your orthodontist has needed to make. Your orthodontist will likely indicate to you whether the adjustment has been substantial or minor. Minor adjustments may not hurt at all, while substantial adjustments may cause some soreness or even slight swelling.
How to Deal with the Discomfort
Your orthodontist may recommend that you take an over-the-counter painkiller to help you to get through the painful period. Ibuprofen and Tylenol are commonly recommended. Ibuprofen reduces the swelling and Tylenol decreases the pain. These two medications should always be taken according to the directions provided on the box, and they should never be taken at the same time.
If the Pain is Too Much
If the pain becomes intolerable, please call our offices and Dr. Maduke or Dr. Bulat will be able to suggest something to relieve your discomfort or make an appointment to examine the area closer. Discomfort is common with an orthodontic adjustment, but excessive pain is not. It’s always safer to ask.