Getting new braces can seem a bit scary since you do not know what to do about the various problems that can come up. Here are some things to know about dealing with common braces problems.
The Braces Are Causing Sore Teeth
It is normal for your teeth to feel fairly sore immediately after you have braces installed on your teeth. The best thing that you can do about the pain is to take an over-the-counter pain reliever to help it feel better. The discomfort will eventually go away, so just try to push through it during that first week.
The Bracket Broke
A problem that can happen with your braces is that the brackets may break after they are installed. A common problem that could happen to you is that the hook comes off that holds a rubber band in place. While this does need to be repaired, it is not an emergency that requires immediate attention. Schedule an appointment with your orthodontist and they'll fix the bracket at your earliest convenience.
The Steel Ligature Hurts
There are these tiny steel ligatures that stick out, which are what holds the wire on the bracket. If you find that the steel ligature is digging into your cheek or gums, this is not a problem you necessarily have to go to the dentist to fix. Try taking the eraser on a regular pencil and pushing the steel ligature so that it is out of the way and not causing you discomfort. This is all it will likely take to change the position of where the metal is pointing.
The Wire Pokes Out The Back
As your teeth start to move the metal wire is going to poke more out the back of your teeth. If this happens between appointments and starts to annoy you, there is a quick fix that you can try until your next appointment. Put a small piece of dental wax on the back of the wire so that it makes it feel soft to the touch. Your orthodontist can trim the wire during your next appointment so that it does not bother you anymore.
The Braces Trap Food In Hard To Reach Places
You'll likely notice that food gets stuck in your braces quite easily, making your oral care routine more of a chore to do. Consider buying a water flosser that can help remove debris from your teeth, which will be faster than trying to thread dental floss between the brackets.
For more information, reach out to a clinic like Reed & Sahlaney Orthodontics, LLP.