By Aspen Dental
Can Braces Cause Headaches?
Headaches and migraines can be caused by several different things—dehydration, poor sleep or nutrition, genetics and more. If you recently got braces, you may be wondering if they are the cause of your headaches. Here’s how to find out:
If your orthodontist is adjusting your braces too tightly, it can stretch your nerves and tissues too much. This will cause soreness in your teeth and gums, like normal, but can also give you a headache. Before you get braces, research a few different orthodontists in your area and meet each of them in person to get to know them and their procedures before choosing one for your treatment. If you think your headaches may be the result of too-tight braces, let your orthodontist know and ask if it’s possible for him or her to tighten them a little less. If your headaches continue, try relieving the pain with an over-the-counter painkiller.
Many people can also experience dehydration during their braces treatment. Braces make the surfaces of your teeth larger, and it can be difficult to fully close your lips over your braces. You may choose to breathe with your mouth open because of this, causing dry mouth, dehydration and sometimes a headache. To stop dehydration headaches, try to carry a water bottle with you and drink from it whenever your mouth feels dry.
Talk to your orthodontist if you experience frequent headaches during your treatment. If the headaches persist after your treatment has ended, consult with your doctor; it likely is not related to your braces.
To learn more about headaches caused by braces, call or visit Aspen Dental.