It’s not uncommon to experience soreness while wearing braces, especially after the braces are first placed, or after an adjustment. This soreness usually lasts from 1 to 4 days. As a general rule, the same medications that you would take for a headache are also effective for this type of discomfort. Motrin, aspirin, and Tylenol are the typical suggestions. If the patient is under 12, please take care to follow the appropriate instructions for reduced dosage on the label.
The lips, cheeks and tongue may also become irritated for one to two weeks as they toughen and become accustomed to the surface of the braces. You can put wax on the braces to lessen this. We will show you how! Salt water rinses are also helpful. Stir 1 teaspoon of salt into 1 cup of warm water.
CARE OF APPLIANCES
To successfully complete your treatment plan, you must work together as a team with Dr. Danielle and the staff. The teeth and jaws can only move toward their corrected positions if prescribed appliances such as rubber bands, headgear or other appliances are consistently worn. Damaged and unworn appliances lengthen the treatment time.
It is more important than ever to brush and floss regularly when you have braces so the teeth and gums are healthy after orthodontic treatment. Patients who do not keep their teeth clean may require more frequent visits to the dentist for a professional cleaning.
BROKEN OR POKING ARCHWIRE
If the broken piece of wire can be easily removed, please do so. If it has simply come out of a tube in the back of the mouth, try to reinsert it through the tube with tweezers. If an end has been bent and is poking into the cheek or gum, try cutting the wire with fingernail clippers or electrical wire cutters. Cut as close to the next bracket as possible. If the wire still pokes, and is not too long, cover the end with wax. If you are still not able to able to resolve the poke, give our office a call.
You have several options with a loose bracket. If it is not an irritation, you may elect to leave it alone until your next appointment. If it is bothering you, you may remove the bracket if it is in a place where you can slide it off the wire. If you cannot remove it and it is still bothering you, call to schedule an appointment to replace the bracket.
RETAINER NOT FITTING
If these appliances are not worn regularly as prescribed, they will not fit. Call the office immediately to set up an appointment to have it adjusted.
LOOSE HERBST, EXPANDER, OR ANY APPLIANCE WHICH IS ATTACHED TO BANDS
Call the office to have the band(s) recommended.
A Mouthguard should be worn to protect the teeth and lips!!