Do you have a broken bracket, poking wire, mouth irritation, loose ligature, or loose wire? If so, we are happy to help you! By doing the following things, you will have a comfortable and convenient experience with your braces in no time:
• Broken bracket: If your bracket is sliding back and forth along the wire, it is broken. To keep it from moving and to provide comfort, place orthodontic wax over it. If you do not have wax and the bracket is not causing you pain or discomfort, you can just leave it in place until your next appointment.
• Poking wire: If you have a wire that is poking or bothering you, you can place orthodontic wax over it to protect your lips, cheeks, and tongue. If this does not work, you can cut the wire with fingernail clippers. Cut the wire against the next bracket it is attached to. If any pieces of wire fall into your mouth, please avoid swallowing them.
• Mouth irritation or sore: It is very common when your braces irritate your mouth and cause sores. To relieve your pain, we recommend placing an orthodontic anesthetic onto the area, like Orabase and Ora-Gel. If you do this, the sore will become numb and it will begin to heal.
• Loose ligature: A ligature is the small rubber band that wraps around your braces. If it becomes loose or if it falls off, you can put it back into place with tweezers. Please remember that if this happens to one bracket, it could easily happen to others as well.
• Loose wire: If you have a loose wire, you can secure it into place with a Q-tip or with a pencil eraser. If this does not work, you can place orthodontic wax over it until your next appointment.
To learn more about the ways you can turn your orthodontic process into a comfortable and convenient experience, please feel free to give us a call. We are happy to help you!