Orthodontic comfort appointments are rare, but minor issues can occur. Call us at 323-726-8300 or text us at 323-427-1633 and my trusted team will help you schedule a comfort appointment. The suggested strategies listed below may help you as well.
You can try and gently push the wire out of your way. If it helps, you can place a tiny amount of clean wax on the wire to help prevent it from poking you.
If a wire becomes loose on your braces, it’s okay to fix it on your own until you can schedule a time to come in. If you have dental floss handy, you can use it to tie the wire back into place so that it stops moving around. Try and position the floss around the bracket where the o-ring should have been and tie it securely so that the wire doesn’t move anymore. If you have a pair of clean tweezers, you can try to gently pull the wire back to where it should be. If you don’t have any success, try covering the wire with some wax. If you unable to see us right away and the wire is still irritating you, then you can use a clean fingernail clipper to cut the wire at the point where it is no longer secured.
Sometimes a bracket or band becomes loose on your braces. It is good if it is still connected to the wire. Simply put a small amount of clean wax on the end of it to keep it from irritating you. If the bracket or band is so loose that you are afraid it might come off, you should remove it carefully. Then, you can place it in a small envelope or sandwich baggie for safe keeping until you come in.
You may want to try eating soft foods only until your teeth and gums feel better. Sometimes, using a salt-water rinse (one part salt to eight parts warm water) can help to alleviate the discomfort you may feel. If the pain is uncomfortable , you can take an over-the- counter pain reliever containing acetaminophen. Make sure that you get your parent’s permission if you are a child. You shouldn’t take anything containing ibuprofen, aspirin, or naproxen sodium, as those pain relievers will slow the process of moving your teeth into their intended position.