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Orthodontic Soreness

Soreness from Braces

It’s normal to have a little discomfort for a day or two following an orthodontic appointment. It’s not an emergency, but it can be uncomfortable, especially when trying to eat. Eating soft foods for a couple days may help. Soups, stews and macaroni and cheese are good choices. Over-the-counter pain relievers like acetaminophen or ibuprofen can help, too.

Mouth Sores from Braces

With traditional braces, you might experience a few mouth sores. These sores may appear inside the cheeks, or on the lips or even on the tongue. These sores are common, and uncomfortable.

Applying a topical anesthetic like Orabase or Ora-Gel will help you feel better and heal. Reapply the anesthetic as often as you need to, and apply it with a cotton swab so you don’t introduce infection.

Irritation of Lips and Cheeks from Braces

With braces, you have an appliance in your mouth that it simply isn’t used to. It may take a little time for your mouth, cheek, lips and tongue to get used to it. To help the irritation, First Choice Dental will provide you with relief wax. Pinch off a small piece, roll it into a ball then flatten it over the area of the braces that is causing the irritation. If the wax falls off, a piece of wet cotton wrapped around the brace or even a small piece of orange peel can do the trick. You’ll be able to eat better, talk better, and feel better just by having a little buffer between your braces and your cheek or lip. If the problem persists call your First Choice Dental orthodontist.

Food Caught Between Teeth Behind Braces

Getting food stuck in between your teeth and behind your braces can be uncomfortable but easy to fix. Tie a small knot in the middle of a strand of dental floss. If you don’t have any floss, try an interproximal brush or pick, or even a regular toothpick. Be gentle with the gums and the braces.

What to Do if a Braces Bracket Ligature Band Comes Off

The ligature is the tiny rubber band that’s stretched around the bracket to hold the wire to the bracket so the wire can deliver force to the teeth and move them. (Sometimes a twisted wire is used instead of a rubber ligature.) If your rubber ligature comes off, try to put it back in place with sterile tweezers. If a wire ligature comes loose, just take it out with a sterile tweezers. If the wire ligature is sticking out into the lip but is not loose, try to bend it back with a Q-tip or pencil eraser. Be careful. If one ligature pops off or breaks, others may do so, as well. If ligatures continue to break, call your orthodontist for a follow-up visit.

What to Do If Braces Brackets Comes Loose

Brackets serve as handles to hold the wire of the braces in place. Brackets are generally bonded to the teeth with adhesive. They are tough, sturdy and stable. But eating hard, crunchy or sticky foods can loosen brackets. If you get hit in the mouth, the brackets can loosen, too. Ask your dentist or orthodontist about wearing a mouth guard.

If a bracket breaks or comes loose contact your orthodontist. An exam will provide the best course of action to fix the bracket with the right tools and expertise. To alleviate irritation and further damage to your braces use a sterile tweezers to slide the bracket along the wire until it’s between two teeth until you can see your orthodontic team. Rotate the bracket back to the proper position then slide it back to the center of the tooth.

What to Do If Braces Wires Come Loose

The arch wire of braces fits in the horizontal slots in each bracket. The wire is secured to all of the brackets, and occasionally, simply by the act of biting and chewing, the end of a wire will work itself out and cause irritation. The best way to alleviate the discomfort is to push the wire back down. Use a Q-tip or pencil eraser to push the wire back so it’s flat against your tooth. If you can’t get the wire back to a comfortable position, cover it with relief wax. As a last resort, clip the wire. Reduce the possibility of swallowing the snipped piece by putting a folded tissue or piece of gauze around the area. Use a sharp clippers and snip off the wire. Use relief wax if the area is still irritated. Make a follow-up appointment with your First Choice Dental orthodontist.