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I just got braces and now I'm having neck pain and headaches. Is this caused by my braces and is this normal? What can I do to relieve the pain?

I just got braces and now I'm having neck pain and headaches. Is this caused by my braces and is this normal? What can I do to relieve the pain?

Getting used to them: My best guess is that you will take at least a week to get used to the braces--then headache and neck pain should subside. Use of otc analgesics and heat locally should help ...Read more

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Braces (Definition)

They are used in orthodontics. The braces are put onto the teeth at precise anatomical locations, and wire runs through the braces and brings teeth into proper alignment. This is a very short answer for a very ...Read more


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Can rubber band for braces cause head aches and neck pain?

Can rubber band for braces cause head aches and neck pain?

Yes: Tooth pain from the band can cause pain felt in the head. Neck pain is not typically associated with this, but if there is associated worry or stress ... ...Read more

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What to do for a headache due to braces?

What to do for a headache due to braces?

Be sure of cause: If you normally never had headaches in the past and headaches only occur whilie wearing braces, only then it can be said with some confidence that headaches are due to braces which may not be properly fitting. However, if you get even mild headaches at other times or before braces also then most common cause is migraines. ...Read more

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My daughter has to wear elastics with braces at nightand it gives her a big headache on her left side of her head. How long does it last? Is it normal

My daughter has to wear elastics with braces at nightand it gives her a big headache on her left side of her head. How long does it last? Is it normal

Unusual...: ...but not unheard of. Try giving her 1 200mg Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) 12 hour before bed. If that doesn't help in 3-4 days, call your specialist Orthodontist to discuss alternatives. ...Read more

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Can getting braces really prevent headaches later in life?

Can getting braces really prevent headaches later in life?

No guarantees: Balancing your occlusion means less muscle imbalance, less occlusal interferences, less MFP (Myofacial Pain Dysfunction Syndrome). However, there are people with ideal jaw relationships a textbook conclusion that have chronic headache problems. Don't expect miracles from any form of healthcare treatment. ...Read more

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16, female, been having horrible headaches — pressure/stabbing for 5 months, also some double vision and a lot of anxiety — braces/glasses no help?

16, female, been having horrible headaches — pressure/stabbing for 5 months, also some double vision and a lot of anxiety — braces/glasses no help?

Other symptoms: More information on your symptoms and how your headaches have responded to things such as medications, rest, and other things such as ringing in the ears, double vision, burning/tingling sensations would be helpful. Do you take any vitamins on a regular basis such as Vitamin A, multivitamins, use retinol or derivatives? If you'd like you may write to me at: www.healthtap.com/drsaghafi ...Read more

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I have a half chipped tooth. My dentist told me to use braces but I couldn't afford it. I get a lot of headaches sometimes. I've had it since I was 12?

I have a half chipped tooth. My dentist told me to use braces but I couldn't afford it. I get a lot of headaches sometimes. I've had it since I was 12?

Different issues: My guess would be that you have three separate issues although it is possible they are related. The chipped tooth can be fixed with composite bonding, a laminate or crown. Crooked teeth can be fixed with orthodontics. The headache may not be related to either. Speak to you physician regarding the headaches. At least get the chipped tooth fixed. Ortho can be done later in life if finances improve. ...Read more

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I get a tension headache everyday I think it's because I have braces and I'm anxious so I bite down on my teeth how do I get it to stop?

I get a tension headache everyday I think it's because I have braces and I'm anxious so I bite down on my teeth how do I get it to stop?

Dysport/Botox: Injected into your masseter muscles can REALLY help with grinding your teeth, and it lasts for at least 3-4 months. Only one injection needed on each side (usually between $50-$80 per treatment. ...Read more

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Been diagnosed w moderate TMJ w headaches, neck pain, numbness etc — 4 stage treatment suggested 1- bottom retainer for aligning jaw, 2- Max Growth appliance, 3- braces, 4- retainer. THis sound like correct approach? Anything else I should ask?

Been diagnosed w moderate TMJ w headaches, neck pain, numbness etc — 4 stage treatment suggested 1- bottom retainer for aligning jaw, 2- Max Growth appliance, 3- braces, 4- retainer.  THis sound like correct approach?  Anything else I should ask?

Yes: Ask yourself based upon your entire past dental history if this makes sense to you and if you trust the dentist who is advising this course of treatment. Is he/she highly recommended and is someone who has extensive experience and training treating patients with TMD/TMJ dysfunction? If yes may be a reasonable approach. If not why net get a second opinion before making your decision. ...Read more

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I have a 10mm overbite. Should I look into jaw surgery? I've had braces for 5 years and they've taken teeth out because over overcrowding. My orthodonist tells me I need to look into jaw surgery because I've taked to him about severe headaches and jaw pa

I have a 10mm overbite. Should I look into jaw surgery? I've had braces for 5 years and they've taken teeth out because over overcrowding. My orthodonist tells me I need to look into jaw surgery because I've taked to him about severe headaches and jaw pa

The : The basic tenant of orthodontics is that you can only move teeth where there is bone, and that if you move teeth to far, the action of the lips, cheeks and tongue will act to cause the teeth to shift after orthodontics is completed. Without complete clinical and radiographic records I cannot comment on your specific case, but if you truly have a 10mm of overbite (classically called a deep bite) it may indicate that you may benefit from an evaluation by a board certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon to see if you are a candidate for corrective jaw surgery. ...Read more

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Ten mnths of severe headache neck jaw & ear pain. Ortho gave me a splint, helped immediately. 2 weeks into getting braces pain got worse. What do I do?

Ten mnths of severe headache neck jaw & ear pain. Ortho gave me a splint, helped immediately. 2 weeks into getting braces pain got worse. What do I do?

Headaches: Glad to hear the splint that your doctor gave you was helpful. Since the braces made headaches return, talk to your dentist. He/she may be able to adjust your braces. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Have braces. Facial asymmetry prevails. When I open my mouth it opens in an arc manner.wisdom teeth not removed.headaches dizziness. Pain behind eyes?

Have braces. Facial asymmetry prevails. When I open my mouth it opens in an arc manner.wisdom teeth not removed.headaches dizziness. Pain behind eyes?

Qualified: Braces alone will not resolve facial asymmetry. You describe a set of problems that suggests that you need the help of Specialists including an Orthodontist (not a General Dentist who does braces part-time), an Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon, and a Dentist with additional training in managing TMJ Dysfunction. ...Read more

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Have persistent cervicogenic headaches. Dx with bone spurs c2-c5. Wearing neck brace for 2-3 hrs/day for relief. Is this ok? Prefer to avoid meds.

Have persistent cervicogenic headaches. Dx with bone spurs c2-c5. Wearing neck brace for 2-3 hrs/day for relief. Is this ok? Prefer to avoid meds.

Tension headaches?: Cervical bone spurs do not cause pain in and of themselves. Many patients with spurs don't have any symptoms. There is little to no correlation, for the most part, between cervical x-ray findings and the presence or absence of symptoms. It's quite likely that your headaches may be from another cause, such as tension or stress headaches. See http://bit.ly/1v0GgZh http://bit.ly/1t1LbhG ...Read more

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Does having braces cause gum receding?

Does having braces cause gum receding?

Not smart: Braces don't cause gum recession. Improper oral hygiene and/or positioning teeth outside of proper bone support can cause recession. If concerned, ask your orthodontic specialist and your general dentist to have you evaluated by a periodontist. ...Read more

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Painful toothache! Could braces be the cause?

Painful toothache! Could braces be the cause?

Not likely: Braces can cause tooth pain, though it's typically not severe and doesn't last for very long time. The tooth is probably just moving. Take Tylenol (acetaminophen) or NSAIDs for pain control. If pain is severe, see your dentist for evaluation. ...Read more

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Will wearing braces cause a problem when kissing?

Will wearing braces cause a problem when kissing?

Old wive's tale: Will not cause a problem. Braces also will not attract lightning, will not set off airport metal detectors, and lill not affect your weight. ...Read more

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Waht can be done for pain caused by invisaline braces?

Waht can be done for pain caused by invisaline braces?

Ask: Ask your Orthodontic Specialist. Orthodontists have many solutions including NSAIDs, saline rinses, high protein diet, immaculate oral hygiene, etc. call Orthodontist. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how do I relieve pain caused by my braces?

Lots of ways: 1) take 1-2 200mg advil/motrin? Ibuprofen 4x/day wi food or lots of liquids. 2)rinse 3x/day w 1tsp salt in 8oz warm water, swish ; spit out. 3) ask your orthodontic specialist for orthodontic wax to caver "stickers." 4) dab orabase-b onto sore spots w q-tip. 5) make sure mouth is immaculately clean. 6) eat a soft high-protein diet to aid rebuilding. Ask orthodontist for suggestions. ...Read more

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Could ceramic braces cause stain?

Could ceramic braces cause stain?

No: As long as you continue to do a good job brushing and flossing and getting regular cleanings every 6 months. ...Read more

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Help can ceramic braces cause stain?

Help can ceramic braces cause stain?

Bacteria: Braces (ceramic or metal) do not stain teeth. Food and/or chromogenic (pigment producing) bacteria can stain the teeth next to the braces. Good oral hygiene and regular professional care will remove these surface stains. Bacteria+sugar=acids can permanently scar the teeh next to the braces, requiring fillings when braces come off. Excellent hygiene prevents acid build-up, prevents scars. ...Read more

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Is it possible for my braces to cause TMJ pain?

Is it possible for my braces to cause TMJ pain?

Yes: Yes. Ask your orthodontist. You may want a second opinion. Make sure your orthodontist is board certified. ...Read more

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Will microabrasion take away decalcification caused by braces?

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Yes: Microabrasion is exactly what it implies--microscopically abrading away tooth structure--specifically enamal. If that tooth structure is stained by decalcification and is shallow, microabrasion can remove or greatly reduce the stain. Deeper decalcifications may require fillings to cover the abraded areas if the stains are deep. ...Read more

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Do braces cause your gums and cheeks to swell and hurt after a while?

Do braces cause your gums and cheeks to swell and hurt after a while?

Depends: If you are having a difficult time maintaining well, then, you could develop swelling due to gum line irritation, trapped food particles, plaque and tartar build up.

It is very important that patients with braces, become meticulous maintainers. The use of electric toothbrush and irrigator (waterpik) are especially beneficial.

Gumline problems and extensive decay can occur. ...Read more

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Can braces (6 years) with elastics (3) years cause tmj? Used to have prognathism :))

Can braces (6 years) with elastics (3) years cause tmj? Used to have prognathism :))

It's hard to say.: Prognathism is very difficult to successfully treat with just braces, even over a 6-year period. Prolonged elastic wear might push your lower jaw back, thereby putting pressure on the tm joint. Whether this can be a cause of temporal madibular joint disorder is open for debate. ...Read more

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Could blisters be caused by my braces?

Could blisters be caused by my braces?

2 reasons: 1. Allergy to nickel in stainless steel or to latex.
2. Physical irritation from the new gadgets in your mouth, which is much more likely than #1.
Return to your qualified orthodontic specialist for evaluation and rx. ...Read more

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What causes discolored teeth after braces?

What causes discolored teeth after braces?

Many things: Poor home care during braces, decay from not cleaning well enough when the braces were on. Hopefully it is just surface stain that can be removed with a good cleaning and this assumes they were not discolored before the braces. ...Read more