Ibuprofen or Acetaminophen for orthodontics pain?

24 Aug

While the orthodontic process has become much more comfortable over the years, there will still be some discomfort. Most orthodontists recommend taking either ibuprofen (Advil) or acetaminophen (Tylenol) for pain relief.

Our patients have seemed to go more with ibuprofen, and that is likely because it helps mainly with swelling.  In the end, the decision between the two is usually based on the patient’s preferences.

But, is one better than the other? A recent study published in the American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics compared the effectiveness of these two drugs and a placebo (sugar pill). The results were surprising. All three groups experienced the same level of relief! Unfortunately, this didn’t give us a clear answer. Fortunately, patients will get pain relief with whatever they choose.

For more information on comfortable orthodontic treatment, call Dr. Benny Erwin Orthodontics Center for a free consultation.

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