Do you wince when you sip your morning coffee or cringe each time you brush or floss? Tooth sensitivity is no fun!
Some orthodontic patients experience sensitivity after having their braces adjusted. Let’s discuss what to do to prevent or treat tooth sensitivity.
The first line of defense against tooth sensitivity during orthodontic treatment is proper oral hygiene. Incorrect brushing and over-brushing can bring about receding gums, which creates the exposure of microscopic tubules in the dentin. When these tubules are exposed, acidic, hot, cold, and sticky foods can then reach the nerve cells in the teeth causing discomfort (who are we kidding—it’s pain).
Here at Burlingame Smile Studio, Doctor Lee can determine if your brushing style is contributing to your tooth sensitivity and put you on the path to proper oral care habits.
If your enamel is wearing thin, your teeth can become sensitive. A highly-acidic diet can contribute to thinning enamel. It can also be caused by factors outside of your control like Celiac disease or a vitamin deficiency. Talk to Doctor Lee about your options.
If your teeth become sensitive after having your braces adjusted, rest assured that it will probably go away in a few days. You can take an over-the-counter pain reliever like Tylenol or aspirin if you are comfortable with those. Talk to us if the sensitivity doesn’t subside after a week.
We may recommend an over-the-counter desensitizing toothpaste that lessens tooth pain after several applications. However, some patients may need in-office procedures such as fluoride gel treatments from their general dentist. We will work with your dentist if this is required.