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. 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 Dunn Orthodontics for a free consultation.

Dr. Matthew Dunn (Phoenix orthodontist) and Dr. Courtney Dunn (Litchfield Park orthodontist) are board certified orthodontists serving central Phoenix and it’s West Valley including Goodyear, Avondale and Wickenburg.

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