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Will getting an orthodontic chin cup hurt?

Dustin S. Burleson, DDS
Orthodontics & Dentofacial Orthopedics
An orthodontic chin cup can cause mild discomfort in the area of the chin and lower jaw joints. Management of discomfort caused by the orthodontic chin cup is typically managed with over-the-counter analgesia, like Tylenol® and Advil®.

In some children, and in drier climates, skin irritation might occur in the area of the chin cup appliance's contact with the skin surrounding the chin. Ask your orthodontist or dermatologist is Aquaphor® healing ointment might help reduce irritation in this area.

In the event that the chin cup is not cleaned properly or when hygiene is inadequate, skin infection might occur in the area of the chin cup appliance. Be sure to see your orthodontist frequently in order to monitor the cleanliness of the appliance and consult with your dermatologist or pediatrician in the event that you believe the skin has transitioned from a mild irritation to a skin infection.

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