Do Braces Hurt When It Is Cold Outside?

Now that it’s winter, we have been facing some cold days. Here at Gladwell Orthodontics, we have recently seen some patients who have asked us why their braces cause some discomfort in the colder weather. The truth is that cold weather can lead to a bit of tooth pain and affect the way your braces feel inside of your mouth.

When your teeth are responding to extreme cold, they expand and contract. This can cause teeth sensitivity and make your braces feel uncomfortable. The good news is that there are some ways you can relieve teeth and braces pain on cold days.

We recommend a fluoride application as fluoride may be just what you need to strengthen your enamel and prevent sensitivity. An over-the-counter pain reliever such as ibuprofen may also do the trick. Applying wax to your braces is another option that may provide relief.

Since most people do not spend a great deal of time outside when it’s cold, the issue of braces hurting on cold days is typically temporary and not a big deal. It may affect you more, however, if you play a sport outside or work in an industry that involves you to be outdoors for quite some time.

If your pain becomes serious or does not subside once you enter a warmer environment, we encourage you to visit our office today. Dr. Gladwell can examine your mouth and determine the underlying cause of your discomfort.

Schedule an Appointment at Gladwell Orthodontics

For more information on how the weather affects the way your braces feel, call our office today at 919-453-6325 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Gladwell.