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celery
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Well I have braces and I had an orthodontist appt. yesterday and today my teeth are KILLING me because they put on these chains that speed up the process like x10 so it really hurts. Anyone with braces or experience with braces have any recomendations of which medication is the best to relieve pain (tylenol advil etc)? which ones relieve the pain the best?
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LilBlueSmurf
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Yikes ... That sucks. I had braces and retainers and everything else, and while it sucked at the time, i'm glad i had it done! Now i won't have jaw alignment problems

Anyway ...

I find that advil gel caps work best on any kind of pain. As well, hot stuff worked wonders. Tea, hot chocolate, soup, mashed potatoes, ... Something that was hot and didn't need chewing was what i went for. Liquids are better because you can just kinda of hold it there, as you would a heating pad on a sore muscle or something.

Hope you feel better! Just remember the nice lovely smile you're gonna have when it's all done ...


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oh man, i am so glad my braces are off!

i remember your pain, and the weeks of soft tofu that went with it.

If you are in loads of pain, personally, i got really great results with Aleve (naproxen sodium). but if it's really, REALLY bad, you can ask your doctor for something a lot stronger (namely Rx-strength naproxen).

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Olive
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I have braces right now and chewing gum helps. My orthodontist told me to because it prepares your muscles for the move.
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I always thought chewing gum was a nono with braces. It never got caugh on my lip piercing, but I think braces are a bit different.
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quote:
Originally posted by Etch:
I always thought chewing gum was a nono with braces.

Evidently that depends on the type of braces your orthodontist uses. My friend was told that chewing gum would eventually wear down the cement that bound his braces to his teeth, while my orthodontist told me to chew away.

Though, I've gotta say, when I came home frmo getting my braces tightened...chewing was the last thing I wanted to do! No fun at all.

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ChitarraRegazza
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Ah, the memories...

I used to drink milkshakes (avoid the straw!) after I got mine tightened. A nice cold mouthful of milkshake feels really good. One of my friends used to use baby teething stuff, but he does a lot of things just to prove that he's weird, so I don't know if it helped or he just liked strutting around school with a tube of Baby Orajel sticking out of his pocket.

Don't forget to brush and floss! I was less than religious about the flossing and ended up with a cavity up under my gum... not so cool.


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man, I remember those train elasticky things.

Brushing is important. My sister ended up with stained teeth when her braces came off. They were whiter underneath the brace!

I actually used to use orajel on my teeth. No baby orajel, just regular orajel, but i suppose baby stuff would work too. It worked great on my son when he was teething.

Take heart, the pain only lasts a few days, and then you are scott free until next month!

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Hey Guys...
I wish I would have gotten braces when I was yonger. My teeth aren't the worse ever but they are definitely not the best. I'm 18 now and I was wondering if it is absolutely too late to try braces or I still have a chance? Can you tell me about other alternatives that might give me a chance? Oh and how long do people generally wear braces? Thanks in advance!!!

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celery
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It's never too late to get braces! The receptionist at my ortho office got them on recently... and I was watching letterman one night and Tom Cruise had braces on...

On how long... well USUALLY braces tend to stay around 2 years... but it can vary alot depending on how crooked your teeth are and what exactly the orthodontist has to do with your teeth (if you need surgery etc)

But I know people who've had them on for 5 years, I know someone who had them on for 6 months... I've had mine for almost 3 years, but my teeth were pretty messed.

One thing that might be useful for you to know is that there are clear braces so they are less noticable.


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All i had was a freakin overbite and i had my braces for over 2 yrs, and a retainer for a yr (6 months before, and 6 months after). Hmph.

I second the brushing thing. My teeth are really small, and even tho they used the smallest brackets there, sometimes my gums still got in the way. That hurt. When i had them taken off, my bottom gums were all swollen and puffy and icky Must brush!


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