Minor Orthodontic ProblemsThe most common setbacks braces-wearers may experience are things like a bracket coming loose or breaking, poking wires, and toothaches. The solutions for these are pretty straightforward:
- For a broken bracket: schedule a repair appointment. Don’t just leave it until the next regular appointment, because that can throw off your treatment schedule.
- For a poking wire: you may be able to fix this one on your own. Sometimes it’s possible to gently push the poking part in to get it out of the way using a pencil eraser. Orthodontic wax can also help. Give us a call if these solutions aren’t helping. Sometimes we just need to clip the end of the wire a little.
- For toothaches and soreness: this is usually temporary, so eat soft foods and swish warm saltwater. You can manage discomfort with over-the-counter painkillers, but contact us if it doesn’t go away within a couple days of an adjustment or if it gets worse.