Every 4 to 6 weeks, you go to your orthodontist to get your braces “tightened” or “adjusted”.
Your teeth are held in place because you gums “grip” the roots. In order for the teeth to move into proper alignment, the grip must be broken. Adjusting your braces breaks this grip. This then causes inflammation and pain for several days until the gums tighten around the tooth roots again. Then you’re relatively pain-free until the next adjustment.
Cold soothes the pain in your mouth, and later numbs your teeth. Cool Jaw offers an assortment of Therapeutic Gel Packs designed for Oral Applications.
The 4 Stages of Cryotherapy, or Cold Therapy
- The first stage is cold
- The second is a prickling or burning
- The third stage is an ache, sometimes rather painful
- The fourth and most important stage is numbness.
As soon as this stage is achieved, remove the cold. Time duration depends upon body weight. Twenty to thirty minutes should be the maximum time. If it is necessary to reapply, let the skin go to normal temperature.