Braces have long been the go-to solution for correcting crooked teeth and/or a misaligned bite. Comprised of carefully positioned brackets and wires, braces apply force to move your teeth and jaw into their desired positions for optimal performance. While the benefits of a straighter smile are priceless, problems can arise with your appliance during the course of your treatment that may require immediate attention. Lake Worth orthodontist, Dr. Ciro Cabal, explains some of the routine orthodontic issues that can arise with your wires and brackets, and steps you can take to address them until you can schedule an appointment.
Trouble with Your Braces?
- Loose Wire—If a wire becomes loose, it can angle outward, poking and irritating the soft tissue in your mouth. Use a pencil eraser to push the wire down, or place wax on the wire to hold it in place and prevent it from poking out. You can also bend the wire back to its proper position using tweezers.
- Loose Bracket or Band—If your bracket or brand loosens from your tooth, but is still attached to the wire, place wax on it to hold it in place. If the wire comes loose from the bracket, as well, then wrap the bracket in tissue and keep it safe until you can visit Dr. Cabal’s office.
- Sore Mouth—Sore teeth and gums, or tenderness when you close your mouth, are common immediately following the placement of your braces. The discomfort typically goes away once you’ve grown accustomed to wearing them, but in the meantime, over-the-counter pain relievers (i.e., acetaminophen) can help relieve your discomfort.
Excellent Orthodontic Care in Lake Worth
If your braces are giving your trouble, or if you’d like to learn whether braces are the right choice for you or your child, then call Lake Country Orthodontics today at (817) 236-7846 to schedule a consultation with your Lake Worth orthodontist. Located in the 76135 area, we proudly serve families from Lake Worth, Azle, Saginaw, Springtown, Weatherford, Haslet, Lake Worth, and all surrounding communities.