Although we use the most modern types of braces at Howell Orthodontics, you may still experience some discomfort and problems during your straightening treatment. Our orthodontist is happy to provide some tips on how you can care for your braces and temporarily repair orthodontic problems.
Broken or Pokey Wire
If you have a wire that breaks or sticks out in the back of your mouth, we ask that you first check this area. If it sticks far out of one of the rear brackets, then it has detached from the bracket. You can temporarily repair this problem by moving the wire back with tweezers. If both sides of the wire stick out, then apply orthodontic wax to prevent tissue irritation. If the wire causes you severe pain, then cut it with a small wire cutter and then call Dr. Jason Howell immediately so we can make a repair.
Loose Bracket or Band
A loose bracket or band can not only be uncomfortable, but it may also harm your oral tissues. You can make temporary repairs to protect your mouth by either covering the loose bracket with wax or removing the bracket and bringing it to us for reattachment. You can remove the bracket by opening the small door that holds it to the band.
Your teeth may feel sore when you first receive braces as your mouth adjusts to the pressure. Chewing may also become uncomfortable for a short time because your teeth feel tender. You can sooth this discomfort by rinsing your mouth with warm salt water. You can also take an over-the-counter pain medication for relief.
If you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact our office today and ask us about caring for your braces in Meridian, Idaho.