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Jaw Pain After Orthodontic Treatment

Jaw pain

If you recently had orthodontic treatment and are now experiencing jaw pain, you’re not alone. Jaw pain is a common side effect of orthodontic treatment, and it can range from mild to severe. Fortunately, there are some things you can do to help alleviate your discomfort.

Talk to Us

The first step is to speak to our team to determine the cause of your jaw pain. If the pain began right after treatment, it’s likely due to the braces or aligners putting pressure on your jaw joints and muscles. If this is the case, we can help you find ways to minimize the pain.

Mild Pain Relief

For mild jaw pain, you can try some simple remedies including over-the-counter pain medications and cold compresses. You can also apply moist heat to the affected area to help relax the muscles and reduce discomfort. If these measures don’t help, we may recommend a night guard or bite plate to help relieve pressure on the jaw joint.

Severe Pain Relief

If the pain is more extensive, we may refer you to a physical therapist or an oral surgeon for further treatment. Physical therapy can help to stretch and strengthen the muscles around the jaw, which can relieve the pain. An oral surgeon can also help by performing jaw realignment surgery, which can help to reduce the pressure on the joints and muscles.

Oral Health

It’s also important to make sure that you’re taking good care of your teeth and braces during orthodontic treatment. Be sure to brush and floss regularly to keep your teeth clean and healthy. You should also avoid hard and sticky foods that could damage the braces. If you have any questions or concerns about your braces, be sure to reach out to our team.

Finally, it’s important to remember that orthodontic treatment can be uncomfortable at times. If you’re experiencing jaw pain, don’t be afraid to ask for help. With the right treatment, you can find relief and get back to enjoying life.

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About the Author: Robert T. Ogden, D.D.S.

Dr. Robert T. Ogden D.D.S. is an independent orthodontist serving Central Florida since 1994, and is proud to be the affordable option for local families who want straight teeth that lead to perfect smiles, all backed by a kind and friendly staff that instantly makes you feel at home. We take the time to explain all of your options, from In-Ovation C clear braces or SPEED System metal braces to clear aligners like Invisalign™. Plus, our state-of-the-art offices are designed to make your visit as fast and comfortable as possible. Schedule your free consultation today!

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