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Life With Braces

 
 

Discomfort

When you first get your braces, you may notice that your teeth and mouth feel a little tender or sore. This is perfectly normal and will
fade in a few days to a week. Drinking cold liquids may temporarily relieve some discomfort for you. If the pain is more severe you can
also try taking a pain reliever.

 

If you have any sores in your mouth, we recommend dissolving one teaspoon of salt in eight ounces of lukewarm water. Swish and gargle this solution in your mouth for just a couple of minutes (do not swallow the salt water). We also provide you with orthodontic wax that you can put over the braces to lessen the tenderness.

 
 

Wire Irritation

During treatment, a wire on your braces may come loose. If this happens, please contact us as soon as possible so that we can check and repair your appliances. If any piece of your appliances come off be sure to save it and bring it to your next office visit.

 

If a wire causes irritation, push the wire away from the area using the eraser end of a pencil or a spoon. If the wire cannot be tucked away, cover the end of the wire with a small piece of wax or a wet cotton ball until you can see Dr. Kuppers.

 

If the wire has come out of the back molar bracket, attempt to reinsert the wire with a pair of needle-nose pliers or tweezers. If you have
a poking wire and wax does not help, the wire can be cut with a small wire cutter or fingernail clipper close to the back of the last bracket still attached. Please call our office to schedule a comfort visit.

 
 

Loose bracket

During treatment, a bracket on your braces may come loose. If this happens, please contact us as soon as possible so that we can check and repair your appliances. The use of wax can prevent the bracket from spinning around on the wire and lessen irritation to your lips and cheeks while you wait to see us.

 
 

Elastic Hook Broken

If a hook bends or breaks off where you attach your elastic, please discontinue your elastic wear and call our office to schedule a repair visit. Not wearing your elastics properly for any extended amount of time will add time to your estimated treatment schedule. Never wear elastics on one side only!