So, it's been four days now - and today is probably the worst so far. I just feel really sore all through my mouth, and it makes me feel tired all the time. I keep telling myself, this will be worth it! So, let's hope I am telling myself correctly, right? :)
So today I logged onto google, and searched the web for ways to relieve the pressure in my mouth. I found a couple things I decided to order off an internet Web site ( http://www.smileshop.com) . I decided to order Brace Relief gel, which is supposed to relief pain quickly by applying a numbing gel to the gums or cheek surrounding the irritation. I wanted to ask the computer "what if my whole face seem irritated?". But they also sold these "bite wafers" on the same Web site. Apparently by chewing on a Bite Wafer - it helps to relieve the discomfort associated with separation and wire changes by increasing blood circulation around recently moved teeth. They also stimulate, massage, and toughen irritated tissue. Oh - and they are flavored of course (everything braces is flavored somehow! haha). So you can choose cherry, grape, or bubble gum. I chose bubblegum, considering I can't chew gum anymore.
In my searches I also learned that you should avoid taking IBprofen for pain because it inhibits teeth movement. You should only take non-aspirin pain relievers. So, that was good to know and something my orthodontist didn't tell me. I would like to avoid pain reliever drugs because they make me feel drugged and groggy. Not really something I can feel when trying to run my own business in the midst of this ortho-treatment. Which is challenging! At least child brace-wearers can just go sleep off the pain! I don't have time for that of course, so I have to figure out way to deal.
The first day was a breeze, and the second and third were not so bad - but for some reason today I am just really sore and a bit miserable. But I can't really complain, and I'm the one that chose to go through with this voluntary correction. I could have decided to leave my teeth the way they were...but I'm glad I'm going through with it. 4 days with braces is 4 days closer to the teeth I've always wanted to have - so it's ok. And time and time again I'm told that it is totally worth it by those that have gone through the same thing I am going through now.
Welp - just thought I'd share... another day in paradise :) haha.