Avoid Common Problems with Braces

Posted On: December 22, 2013 Author: Las Vegas Orthodontics


We all know that braces can play an crucial role in helping to create a beautiful smile with healthy mouth and teeth, but you might also experience some unwanted side effects while wearing orthodontic appliances. These problems are fairly common and usually can be easily treated with quality care from your orthodontist.

Even if you receive the best quality orthodontic care, braces and the various orthodontic treatments can cause soreness and/or discomfort to your mouth. And as your teeth begin to shift and move with your prescribed orthodontic care plan, it is natural for you to feel aches and discomfort in your teeth and for your jaw to develop some soreness from time to time.

Another issue can arise if there are broken or loose wires or even loose brackets on your braces.  In cases like these, a sore tongue, mouth discomfort, or a canker sore can develop. Canker sores are a common occurrence when braces rub inside the mouth and irritate the lining of the mouth or gums. There are prescription ointments available to reduce the pain and irritation associated with mouth discomfort and/or canker sores caused by braces or other orthodontic appliances. If you experience mouth discomfort or any of the following problems, call our office or schedule an appointment.

• Loose brackets: A quick fix would be to apply a small amount of orthodontic wax to the bracket temporarily until you can get in to see your orthodontist. You could also apply a mall amount of ointment between the braces and the soft tissue of your mouth in order to reduce gum irritation.
• Broken or protruding wires: If this happens, a temporary remedy until you can see your orthodontist would be to use a pencil (the eraser end) or a similar utensil and use it to move the wire carefully to a less painful spot that won’t cause further irritation to your mouth or gums. If you are unable to move the broken or protruding wire, apply a small amount orthodontic wax to the tip of the wire in order to eliminate the sharp edge of the wire. If mouth soreness or discomfort develops, the best remedy is to rinse with warm salt water or antiseptic rinse.  Ask your orthodontist for suggestions.
• Loose spacers on your braces:  This is a problem that can be seen from time to time, and a visit to your orthodontist will be in order for this circumstance.  These spacers will need to be repositioned and sometimes they will need to be replaced altogether.

Some common Foods to Avoid:  Certain foods can also help or hurt you while you’re wearing braces. One of the bets suggestions is to always cut your food into smaller pieces that can be easily chewed and digested. A rule of thumb for braces is to always avoid hard that can break your hardware or chewy foods that can gum up your braces or get stuck in them causing further damage. There are many foods that should be universally avoided, including nuts, hard candies, corn on the cob, carrots and other hard vegetables, apples and similar hard fruits, and ice. Bubble gum and all other types of chewy candies should be avoided at all times.

Braces, and all the various mouth appliances associated with braces, typically attract food particles and contribute to plaque buildup. Without the proper orthodontic and dental care, besides the potential for damaging your braces or other associated parts, this could also cause staining of your teeth from the food particles left in your braces.

As we all know, brushing after every meal or snack and carefully removing any food that might be lodged in the braces is the recommended solution.  Consistent and quality dental care each morning and night, as well as after every meal, will lead to a long lasting and healthy smile that you’ll be proud to show off!  A fluoride mouthwash can also be a helpful addition to your dental care, as well as daily flossing.  At your next orthodontic appointment, ask our staff how we can advise you how to floss with a brush specially designed for braces!  As always, be sure to ask your orthodontist and staff about any questions or concerns that you may have concerning your orthodontic treatment.

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