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How to Minimize the Discomfort of Orthodontic Adjustments

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.

How Orthodontic Treatment is Made More Comfortable

Orthodontics has changed a lot in the last 20 years. As technology has improved, so too has the treatment. In the past, braces were one-size-fits-all, with each person getting the same basic appliances, regardless of comfort or use. Dentists used to just pull teeth to solve a problem, rather than use braces and aligners to move the teeth.

But now, patients are treated as individuals, who the dentists work with to create an individual treatment plan and make sure that all their needs and concerns are addressed. This might be the first way treatment is made more comfortable. Patients from Delta, Surrey, or anywhere else in the Lower Mainland are taken care of with the best, personal care. Our dentists and treatment coordinators discuss treatments and strategies, getting to know our patients and making sure all questions are answered.

Better ways of seeing what we’re working with have made orthodontics better as well. At Maduke Bulat, we take a 3D visual scan of the patient’s mouth. We’re not taking an x-ray; we’re actually making a three dimensional computer model of the teeth and jaw so that we can have the best possible idea of what’s there. The more information we have, the better was can treat the problem.

Comfort in the offices is important as well. A trip to a dentist’s office can be stressful. A comfortable office that doesn’t feel like an office helps patients relax and, dare we say, enjoy their trip. Some people love the free coffee, others the gifts for maintaining their braces, and others the flat screen TVs. But no matter what helps you enjoy your trip, the less stress in the visit, the better.

And finally, the skill of the dentists and dental team makes orthodontic treatment the most comfortable. When you know that your orthodontists are some of the best in Surrey, when their skill is making your appliances feel better in your mouth, you will feel much more comfortable.

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