Headaches with braces? Arrhhg!

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Headaches with braces? Arrhhg!

#1 Post by MetalNerd »

Hi, I just got my metal braces yesterday (not sure of the brand), but I am getting these insane headaches and can't sleep. It feels like my head is constantly "surging" -- only way to describe it.

I'd like to know if this is an allergy reaction to the metal or a common one to those new to braces.


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#2 Post by catgyrl »

It's very common. At least, it was for me. The minute they put the braces on, I had what felt like a dull headache (sort of like a sinus headache) that lasted for a day or two. I get the same headache after every adjustment, but it usually only lasts a day or so. Just think: all of your teeth are being loosened and moved around in your mouth. There's bound to be some discomfort with that. Just pop some ibuprofen (or yournpain reliever of choice) and ride it out. I would advise taking some an hour or two before every adjustment, too.

Good luck!

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#3 Post by ashesgap »

There are days I wake up with a headache already starting. It's usual from the sides of my face up. Other days I wake up fine, and then an hour later i'll have a small migraine. Its off and on. It was definetly worse when I first got the braces on. Once you get used to the braces the headaches will lessen, and then you'll get them after adjustments and randomly the rest of the time. Like Cathy said, just take your fav medicine and wait for it to go away.
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#4 Post by orangeracer »

I had one for about a week, seemed to build up and peak at 3 days then it settled down. Just your head bones trying to figure out what is going on, they should adapt before long.

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#5 Post by BraceFace2o1o »

I didn't really notice it in the beginning, but in the past 2 weeks I keep getting the same headache most days and I am putting it down to my braces as I've never suffered with headaches for days in a row.

As well as the headache, I'm experiencing pain up the top of my nose, in that area where you get 'brain freeze'.... feels a bit like brain freeze too actually (and no, I haven't been eating ice cream!).
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#6 Post by sadpanda »

Hi -

At dentakit.com, they have something called GumEase. It's supposed to help with braces pain, but I actually got it to help with headaches because it says that it helps with head pain too. It's kind of expensive, but you can use it over and over. It's basically just this rubbery mouth piece that you freeze and then position it along your gums so the cold will help with pain. I get a lot of migraines that have nothing to do with my braces, so I use it when I have a lot of pain. There are 3 of them in the package.

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#7 Post by MetalNerd »

Thanks all! :lol: Good to know I'm not the only one suffering. I just hope the headache goes away soon. It's been three days now. It's definitely affecting my resolve about wearing braces. What a tough life! :FeelSick:

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