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Are you experiencing inconvenient and uncomfortable orthodontic problems? If so, your orthodontist recommends doing the following things to relieve your pain and have the comfort you deserve:

1. Broken bracket: If you have a bracket that can slide back and forth on the wire, it is broken. If you have an orthodontic appointment soon and it is not causing you discomfort, it isn’t something you need to stress about. If the bracket is causing you discomfort, you can place orthodontic wax over it to keep it from moving. If you have broken your bracket but you do not have an upcoming appointment, we recommend coming into our office when you have the chance. If the bracket is broken for a long period of time, it could delay your orthodontic process.

2. Poking wire: If you have a wire that is poking you, you can cover it with orthodontic wax to protect your cheek and lips. If the wire is bothering you and you cannot come into our office, you can cut the wire with a pair of fingernail clippers. Cut the wire against the next bracket it is attached to, and please do not swallow any pieces of wire that may fall into your mouth.

3. Mouth sores and irritation: It is very common to have sores and irritation in your mouth when you have braces. The most common places for these sores and irritations are the cheek, tongue, and lips. To relieve your pain and heal these wounds, we recommend using an orthodontic anesthetic, like Orabase and Ora-Gel, to numb and heal the area.

4. Lost or loose ligature: If you have a ligature (which is the small rubber band that is wrapped around the bracket) that is loose or falls off, you can put it back into place with a pair of tweezers. If this happens, please be aware that other ligatures may fall off or become loose as well.

5. Loose wire: If you have a wire that has become loose, you can secure it into place with a Q-tip or a pencil eraser. If you can’t seem to put it back into its proper position, place wax over it until your next appointment.

If you ever experience a traumatic or severe oral injury, please call our orthodontic office as soon as possible. If you cannot reach our orthodontist, please go to an Urgent Care or hospital and receive treatment as soon as you can. To find out more about how to make your orthodontic process more successful and comfortable, call our office today!