Avoiding Common Problems Associated With Braces
November 05th, 2012
While braces play an important part in helping to create a healthy mouthand teeth, you might experience a few side effects while wearing themthat are common and can be easily treated.
Even with the best of care, braces can cause soreness to your mouth. As yourteeth begin to move, it is natural for your teeth to feel aches and yourjaw to develop soreness.
If there are broken wires or loose bands on your braces, a sore tongue, mouth,or canker sore will occur. Canker sores are a common occurrence whenbraces rub inside the mouth. There are ointments available to reducethe pain and irritation associated with mouth sores. If you experiencea sore mouth or any of the following problems, call our office to schedulean appointment.
- Loose brackets: Apply a small amount of orthodontic waxto the bracket temporarily. You might also apply a little between thebraces and the soft tissue of your mouth.
- Loose bands: These must be secured in place by our dentist.Try to save the band for repair.
- Protruding or broken wires: The eraser end of a pencilcan be used to move the wire carefully to a less painful spot. If youare unable to move it, apply orthodontic wax to the tip. If a mouth soredevelops, rinse with warm salt water or antiseptic rinse.
- Loose spacers: These will need to be repositioned andsometimes replaced.
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