How to cure a toothache from braces

Updated November 21, 2016

Everyone has different reactions to braces, but it isn't uncommon to have a toothache from the orthodontic appliances. To help ease the pain, patients should be aware of their options to cure a toothache if it should arise. Braces can cause a toothache when they are first installed, adjusted during an orthodontic visit or have broken pieces. If home treatments aren't working, follow up with your dentist or orthodontist for further assistance.

Apply a warm washcloth or heating pad on the area of the jaw experiencing the toothache to help minimise soreness. Rinse with warm salt water. According to Accorde Orthodontists, it is common for teeth to be a bit sore after an orthodontic visit.

Apply an oral pain reliever, such as topical anesthetics, directly on and around the area where you feel the toothache for temporary relief. Pain is usually numbed for a few hours. It may need to be reapplied, according to directions, if it wears off while eating or drinking.

Bite on a plastic wafer or chewing gum, if not prohibited by the orthodontist, to stimulate blood flow. Immediately after an orthodontic appointment, eat only soft foods such as pasta, pudding or cooked vegetables to reduce tooth pain.

Take acetaminophen or other non-aspirin pain reliever in accordance with product directions. The over-the-counter medications relieve toothache pain.


Continued toothache not relieved by the steps above may be caused by something other than braces, such as a cavity. If your toothache lasts more than two days, is severe and you have a fever, earache or pain upon opening your mouth wide, you should see a dentist as soon as possible.

Things You'll Need

  • Warm washcloth
  • Warm saltwater
  • Topical anesthetic
  • Plastic wafer
  • Non-aspirin pain reliever
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