• Loose Bracket or Band

    If you have a loose bracket or band, there are two options to alleviate discomfort before your visit. First, you can put special wax (provided by us when you first get your braces) on the loose bracket to keep it from hurting the inside of your mouth.

    Secondly, you can remove the loose bracket and bring it to us for proper reattachment. Each bracket has a small door that holds it to the band. Simply open the door and the bracket will easily come off. You can then bring it to us for repair.

  • Broken or Pokey Wires

    Sometimes you’ll have a wire that breaks, or sticks out in the back of your mouth. First, check the wire at the brackets. You may find that the wire sticks too far out from one rear bracket, and has become unattached from the opposite rear bracket. In that case, use tweezers to move the wire back into place, so it doesn’t stick out on either side.

    Sometimes the wire sticks out on both sides. In that case, you can put special wax (provided by us when you get your braces) on each end of the wires to keep them from irritating your gums and mouth. Also make sure that the wax covers the rear brackets so it stays in place until your appointment, where we will clip the wires to the correct length.

    In very rare situations, the longer wire may be causing severe pain by digging into your cheek – you can take care of it immediately by using a small wire cutter to snip the wire yourself. Be sure to see us ASAP so we can make sure the wire is correctly adjusted.

  • General Soreness

    Getting braces takes some getting used to. For the first four or five days, you may feel soreness in your mouth as it adjusts. Biting may cause some discomfort because your teeth will be tender. Both can be soothed by rinsing your mouth with warm salt water. If the pain is severe, then Tylenol or a similar over the counter medication can help alleviate any discomfort until your mouth fully adjusts.

  • Loose Appliance

    When you get your braces, we supply you with specialized wax in case a bracket loosens or a wire moves out of place, poking your mouth and gums. In either case, place this wax around the loose bracket or stray wire – this will lessen any irritation.

Serious Pain

Remember, some discomfort from first-time braces is normal and usually not an emergency. However, in rare instances braces can cause serious pain that immediately needs to be examined by a doctor. If you have intense pain from an appliance, please call us at (615) 848-0011.

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