If you have braces and you are currently experiencing problems and discomfort, we recommend doing the following things to correct the problems and experience the comfort you deserve:
• Broken bracket: If you have a bracket that slides back and forth on the wire, it is broken, and we recommend placing orthodontic wax on the sides to keep it from moving. If you have broken your bracket but your next appointment isn’t for awhile, we recommend coming into our office to get it fixed.
• Poking wire: If you have a wire that is poking you, place orthodontic wax over it to protect your lips, cheeks, and tongue. If the wire is bothering you but you can’t come into our office, you can cut the wire with fingernail clippers. Cut the wire against the next bracket it is attached to. Please do not swallow any piece of wire that might fall into your mouth.
• Mouth sores and irritation: It is very common to have sores and irritation in your mouth while you have braces. They are usually found on the cheeks, lips, and tongue. To relieve your pain and heal the wounds, we recommend placing an orthodontic anesthetic onto the area, like Orabase and Ora-Gel.
• Loose or lost ligature: If you have a ligature (which is the tiny rubber band that is wrapped around the bracket) that has fallen off or has become loose, you can put it back into place with tweezers. If your ligature has fallen off your bracket, please be aware that other ligatures may do the same.
• Loose wire: If you have a loose wire, you can secure it into place with a Q-tip or with a pencil eraser. If that is not possible, you can place orthodontic wax over it until your next appointment.
If you ever experience a traumatic or severe oral injury, we ask you to call our office as soon as possible. If you cannot reach us, please go to an Urgent Care or hospital and receive treatment as soon as you can. If you have any questions regarding the mentioned instructions, call our office today and talk to a member of our team. We are happy to help you!