Problems With Your Braces

General Soreness

When you first get your braces on or have them adjusted, you may notice that your teeth and mouth feel a little tender or sore. This is perfectly normal for patients and we promise your mouth will not be sore forever!

To help relieve normal orthodontic discomfort, acetaminophen, ibuprofen or aspirin may be very helpful in alleviating any pain.

It is also not uncommon for your lips, cheeks and tongue to become irritated for one to two weeks as they toughen and become used to the braces. We have provided you with some orthodontic wax that you can put over the braces to lessen the tenderness. If you need more wax, please let us know.

Loose Teeth

If your teeth begin feeling a little loose, don’t worry; this is normal. Your braces must first loosen your teeth in order to move them into the right position. Once your teeth have been repositioned, they will no longer be loose.

Loose or Poking Wire

The wires and bands on your braces may come loose. If this happens, please contact us as soon as possible so that we can check and repair your appliance. If any piece of your appliances comes off, be sure to save it and bring it to the office with you.

You can temporarily fix the loose wire by using the eraser end of a pencil to carefully and gently push the wire back into place. If the wire cannot be tucked away, try covering the end of the wire with a small amount of orthodontic wax until you can see us for an adjustment. Please contact the office to schedule a repair appointment.

If the main wire has come out of the tube on the back tooth band, attempt to reinsert the wire with a pair of tweezers. If the wire is not sticking you, place a piece of orthodontic wax over the area. As a last resort, if you cannot come into our office, the wire can be cut with a fingernail clipper or small wire cutters close to the back of the last bracket or band.

Loose Bracket

If a bracket becomes loose, it usually remains connected to the main wire by a little colored rubber ring or a small steel ligature tie. Tweezers can be used to reposition the brace if it flips around the wire and becomes a source of irritation. Orthodontic wax can also be used to secure the bracket from flipping around on the wire. Please call our office as soon as possible and inform us so we may schedule an appointment, save any pieces and bring them to your repair visit.

Loose Bands

If a band becomes loose, it usually remains connected to the main wire by a slot on the outside of the band that the wire runs into or through. Please call our office and inform us of the problem so we can schedule a repair visit.

Lost Separator

If a rubber spacer or separator falls out, please call our office so that we can arrange to replace it for you.

Broken Retainer

If a retainer cracks or breaks, remove the retainer from your mouth. Please call our office so that we can schedule an appointment and be sure to bring all the pieces to our office for repair.