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Is there any way to reduce braces pain (teeth)? other than taking pain killer? any solution that can be practiced at home??

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Dr. Arnold Malerman
Orthodontics 53 years experience
Lots of things: Switch from Panadol (acetaminophen) (extra-strength Tylenol) to 1-2 200mg Ibuprofen (Advil/Motrin) 4x/day w full meal or lots of liquids. Rinse w 1 tsp salt in 8 oz warm water 3x/day. Put Orthodontic Wax onto the "stickers." Dab Orabase-B onto sore spots w Q-Tip. Eat soft high-protein diet for repair building-blocks. Ask your Orthodontic Specialist for other suggestions.
Dr. Keith Hollander
Dentistry 36 years experience
Braces pain: Usually the worst soreness is the first weeks. Try chewing freedent gum as it will be increasing the circulation in the bone and sweep away many of the inflammatory products causing the soreness. lip and gum pain is to use the was on the brackets. don't be afraid to use a lot early on. Ibuprofen is an anti-inflammatory not a "painkiller", and we use up to 600 mg early in treatment

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