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Braces are strong and successful appliances that gradually shift and change your smile throughout time, but there are times when the appliance can be uncomfortable and sometimes even painful, which is why this blog exists! If you are having problems with your braces, you can find comfort by following these instructions:

Broken Bracket
If you have broken a bracket on your braces, it will become unglued and will slide back and forth on the wire. If it is not causing you pain or discomfort, you can leave the bracket until your next appointment. We recommend putting orthodontic wax over it to keep it from moving. If your next appointment is weeks away or the bracket is causing you pain, call our office and schedule an appointment as soon as possible. If the bracket is not fixed in a timely manner, it can delay the orthodontic process.

Poking Wire
If there is a wire that is poking and bothering you, you can cover it with orthodontic wax to protect your lips, cheeks, and tongue. If the wire is causing you pain and you cannot come into our office, you can clip the wire with a pair of fingernail clippers. As you do so, cut the wire against the next bracket it is attached to. If the wire falls into your mouth, please be careful and do not swallow it.

Mouth Sores and Irritation
It is normal to have mouth sores and irritation when you have braces. The brackets and wires tend to cut and poke you, but you can relieve the pain easily with an orthodontic anesthetic, like Orabase or Ora-Gel, to numb the area. This ointment will not only reduce the pain you feel, but it will also promote healing.

Lost or Loose Ligature
If your ligature (the small rubber band that is stretched around the bracket) falls off your bracket or becomes loose, you can attempt to put it back into place with a pair of tweezers. As you put it back in place, test the other ligatures to make sure they are tight around the brackets. If one ligature becomes loose or falls off, others tend to as well.

Loose Wire
If your wire has become loose, you can bend it or push it back into place with a Q-tip or pencil eraser. If this does not solve the problem, you can place orthodontic wax over it until your next appointment.

If you would like to know more about making braces comfortable and pain free, call our office today. We are more than happy to help you have the best orthodontic experience possible!