For your convenience, we have provided five beneficial tips to help you have the most comfortable and convenient experience possible with braces. If you experience troubles with a broken bracket, poking wire, irritation, loose ligature, or loose wire, we recommend doing the following things to have the most comfortable experience possible:
1. Broken bracket: If you have a broken bracket, it will tend to slip and slide along the wire. If this is the case, place orthodontic wax over it to keep it from moving. If you do not have any wax and the bracket is not bothering you, you can leave it in place until your next appointment.
2. Poking wire: If you have a wire that is poking you, you can place orthodontic wax over it to protect your lips, cheeks, and tongue. If the wax does not provide the comfort you desire, 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 during this process, please do not swallow them.
3. Mouth sores and irritation: It is very common to experience irritation and sores in your mouth throughout your process with braces. To relieve the pain and discomfort you feel, we recommend placing an orthodontic anesthetic, like Orabase and Ora-Gel, onto the area to numb and heal it.
4. Loose or lost ligature: If a ligature (which is the tiny rubber band wrapped around your bracket) has fallen off your bracket or becomes loose, you can put it back into place with tweezers. Please know that if one ligature becomes loose, others might as well.
5. Loose wire: If you have a loose wire, you can simply secure it in place with a Q-tip or a pencil eraser. If that does not work, you can place orthodontic wax over it until your next appointment.
For any severe or traumatic oral injury, please call our office as soon as possible. We are here to help you in any way we can, and we are happy to restore the health of your oral cavity in an efficient and productive way. If you have any questions regarding the instructions we have provided, please feel free to call our office. We are happy to help you!