Comfort Instructions


Comfort Instructions


Comprehensive Orthodontic Treatment in Huntington Beach

At Harner Orthodontics, we believe everyone deserves to have a beautiful, healthy smile they feel proud of in any situation. Dr. Harner and our expert team of orthodontic specialists work hard to provide comprehensive, high-quality orthodontic treatment, and we strive to create individualized treatment plans for each and every patient. While braces, Invisalign, and other orthodontic treatments don't usually "hurt," most patients will feel some discomfort for brief periods during their treatment. Thankfully, though, there are plenty of steps you can take to ensure your comfort during treatment.




Keeping Comfortable During Orthodontic Treatment

Many patients feel some discomfort at some point during treatment. This can come from a recent adjustment of your appliance, putting in a new appliance for the first time, some part of the appliance that's irritating your mouth, or a variety of other situations. Here are some strategies for dealing with discomfort during orthodontic treatment:




  • Sore Mouth: After you first get braces, get your braces adjusted, or put in a new Invisalign aligner for the first time, you'll likely feel some soreness for a few days. To quell the sensation, try using a warm saltwater rinse, a heating pad applied to the area, or over the counter painkillers like Tylenol or Advil. These should help to minimize discomfort until it fades within the week.

  • Irritating Wire or Bracket: Sometimes, the pointy ends of archwires or brackets can irritate soft tissues in the mouth. If possible, you can try using a pencil eraser to reposition the wire, or if you can't move it, you can use a piece of dental wax or cotton to cover the irritating area. If the pain is severe and you can't fix it, you can also cut your archwire using a pair of nail clippers that you've sterilized in alcohol - just be sure to call us immediately if you do.

  • Cuts, Scrapes, or Sores: With all the metal in your mouth, it's not unlikely that you'll pick up a few minor cuts or sores in the mouth. These are usually not painful, but they can be irritating. Try using warm salt water or a mixture of half hydrogen peroxide and half water to rinse out your mouth. Both of these solutions will help to quell pain and speed up the healing process.

  • Playing Sports: For both comfort and safety, it's critical that our athletic patients wear a custom-made mouthguard during sports games or practice. A mouthguard protects your teeth from injury during falls or impacts, and it reduces your chances of having a tooth injury by up to 60 times - a worthwhile investment for the smile you're working towards!




Contact Your Huntington Beach Orthodontist

Discomfort during treatment can be a nuisance, but these strategies should help you calm any discomfort and keep treatment pleasant. If you have any questions on dealing with discomfort during treatment or are experiencing serious pain, we're here to help. You can always reach out to us at our contact page or call us at (714) 842-9933, but if you feel you're in a serious or life threatening emergency, you should call 911. If you'd like to make an appointment at our Huntington Beach, CA office, you can do so using our online appointment request form.