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just got spacers from the orthodontics. what can i do to lessen the sore mouth?

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Dr. Ronald Smith
39 years experience Dentistry
NSAID: Non steroidal anti inflammatory meds like ibuprophen Naproxen and asprin can be very helpful but be aware that any time the teeth are moved there will be a period of discomfort. It will go away after a few days.
Answered on Oct 29, 2017
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Dr. Brandon Martin
19 years experience Orthodontics
Wait! It gets better: Many people agree that spacers hurt more than the braces themselves! most people will feel some discomfort as the teeth start separating - generally lasting 2-3 days. Remedies include taking a pain reliever similar in strength to what you would take for a headache. A soft diet can also help. More than anything, hang in there - it gets better!
Answered on Apr 12, 2020
Dr. Arnold Malerman
52 years experience Orthodontics
Tincture of Time: The cleaner your mouth, the less discomfort you will have. Make sure you floss regularly before spacers are placed. Take ibuprofen. Rinse with salt-water. But most of all, give it time and the discomfort will abate.
Answered on Sep 30, 2016
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Dr. David Schleimer
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As always, Dr. Malerman is a fountain of learning. Listen when he speaks.
Jan 24, 2013
Dr. Yaroslav Yarmolyuk
10 years experience Orthodontics
Pain medications: Victor, if your medical condition allows, Ibuprofen is the best pain medication to take to reduce discomfort during orthodontic treatment.
Answered on Oct 29, 2017
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Dr. Gary Chapman
34 years experience Orthodontics
Advil (ibuprofen): Advil (ibuprofen) is the best for this type of discomfort. Take at least 2. The soreness will dissipate in about 2 days.
Answered on Feb 4, 2013
Dr. Kenneth Zipkin
47 years experience Dentistry
Aspirin: Or pain helpers like advil (ibuprofen) or motrin. Will only last a day.
Answered on Oct 4, 2016
Dr. Byron Bonebreak
43 years experience Orthodontics
Spacers?: If you mean separators, which spread the back teeth slightly in order to fit bands around the teeth, over the counter nsaids (if you have no allergies to them) that you would take for a headache should help. Separators are often the worst part of the treatment for many adults. Don't floss them out!
Answered on Feb 18, 2019
Dr. Harry Aronowitz
43 years experience Orthodontics
Take aspirin: Spacers cause tooth movement. Tooth movement utilizes inflammation. Aspirin is an anti-inflammatory that will slow the movement and reduce the pain.
Answered on Oct 29, 2017
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Dr. Arnold Malerman
52 years experience Orthodontics
Ibuprofen 40% better dental pain reliever than Tylenol, 10% better than Aspirin.
Oct 29, 2017
Dr. Donald Rollofson
44 years experience Dentistry
Pain medications: Spacers can be quite irritating and even painful in many patients. They open a little space, move the teeth quite quickly, and can cause local inflammation and discomfort. Anti inflammatory medications, like Ibuprofen are very helpful. Some patients find that chewing gum right after placement of spacers reduce discomfort, some orthodontists don't like patients trying this.
Answered on Oct 29, 2017
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Dr. Arnold Malerman
52 years experience Orthodontics
Concur with Dr. Schleimer. Gum chewing may ease discomfort, but risk of dislodging spacers makes it problematic. Take Advil, rinse with salt water, will ease off after 48 hours.
Oct 29, 2017
Dr. David Schleimer
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and sometimes the gum dislodges the spacers. JUST HANG IN.
Apr 21, 2013
Dr. Gary Brigham
50 years experience Orthodontics
Take meds: Spacers create tooth movement that can create discomfort or pain that is transitory, and should resolve in a couple of days. To get you through the initial hours of discomfort. Pain medication such as Aspirin or Ibuprofen should be beneficial.
Answered on Oct 29, 2017
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Dr. Gregory Johnson
Specializes in Orthodontics
Spacers: Using tylenol (acetaminophen) or any other anti-inflammatory medication will help. It is best to take that just before your appointment if you can. Eating as much as possible and as firm a food as possible will also help. The more exercise the teeth get the better the blood supply to them and the shorter and less the soreness will be. Of course it is best to do that eating exercise before you become sore.
Answered on Oct 29, 2017
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Dr. Arnold Malerman
52 years experience Orthodontics
Dental pain usually means inflammation of tissues. Acetaminophen (Tylenol) does not reduce inflammation. Acetylsalicylic acid (aspirin) & Ibuprofen (Advil/Motrin) do, and are therefore more effective than Tylenol. Salt water rinses also help.
Oct 29, 2017
Dr. Robert Stoner
37 years experience Orthodontics
Analgesics: Over the counter analgesics (eg. tylenol, (acetaminophen) ibuprofen, naproxen) all work reasonably well as long as you do not have any allergies to them. 1/2 tsp.in a cup of warm water, rinse for 30 sec. the spit ALL of it out. Do NOT swallow.
Answered on May 14, 2014
Dr. Fernando Juliao
29 years experience Dentistry
Time/medication : After 2-5days the pain should lesson and take an anti-inflammatory medication like Motrin or naproxen sodium( but make sure you can take these medications) AND follow dosing instructions.
Answered on Jul 20, 2014
Dr. Brent Mcfarland
47 years experience Orthodontics
Light pain meds: light over the counter pain medication. chewing on a bite wafer. keep mouth excessively clean.
Answered on May 18, 2015
Dr. Kevin Nail
10 years experience Dentistry
Orthodontics: Take some (acetaminophen) tylenol or (motrin) ibuprofen if you can. This should help you.
Answered on Jun 15, 2016
Dr. Gregory Bell
Specializes in Orthodontics
OTC pain meds: OTC pain meds will help, but pain will lkiley only last for few days and progressively get better.
Answered on Oct 29, 2017
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Dr. M Jones
Dr. M Jones commented
25 years experience Dentistry
Soreness is coming from the ligaments which hold your teeth to the jaw bone. When spacers go in, they push on the ligaments causing slight bruising. The pain is coming from the swelling associated with the bruising. Try some anti-inflammatory medication, if you are not allergic or shouldn't take it for some reason. Warm salt water rinsing helps too. 1 teaspoon in 1 cup of warm water.
May 25, 2015
Dr. Stuart Hoffman
29 years experience Orthodontics
Spacers: For discomfort from placement of orthodontic spacers (seperators) over the counter pain relievers like Ibuprofen or Acetometaphin are recommended. Always ask your treating orthdontist first based on your medical history.
Answered on Oct 29, 2017

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Help is near you: At your local dentist. Call your local dentist who can examine your bite and see if a little recontouring solves your problem.

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