Common Problems with Braces; Gadsden, Alabama Orthodontist

Sometimes patients will experience problems with their braces. This is not uncommon; however, these problems are often caused by eating foods on the foods to avoid list. Here is a list of common problems, and what to do should you experience one:

  • Bracket is broken/no longer attached to tooth
    Brackets are attached to your teeth with a special adhesive, and, sometimes, this adhesive can fail. If a bracket is able to slide along the wire, and is not affixed to the tooth, this is the case. Once a bracket is broken, sometimes it can "flip," with the former-adhesive side point outwards. If this happens, it is safe for you to attempt to turn it back into its normal position.

    A bracket breaking or becoming unattached to a tooth is not an emergency, but will need to be corrected by Dr. Wilborn. Simply contact our office to schedule an appointment.
  • Wire moves out of place and pokes lip or cheek
    While this is not an emergency, it is not a condition that you should attempt to remedy at home. Simply place a piece of wax on the end of the wire to keep it from poking you until you are able to see Dr. Wilborn.
  • Irritation or sores on lips or cheeks
    It is not uncommon for braces to be irritating--both literally and figuratively! Usually, a small amount of orthodontic wax (Dr. Wilborn will give you some once your braces are put on) placed over the areas causing the irritation will do the trick. The wax is harmless to your braces, your teeth, and yourself, should you accidentally swallow it. If the irritations turn to sores, try a topical anesthetic such as Orabase or Ora-Gel.
  • Pain and/or discomfort
    It is very normal and common to experience pain for a few days after braces are put on. Don't forget that the job of your braces is to move and realign your teeth, so soreness is likely to happen. However, it is usually short-lived. A common, over the counter pain reliever, such as Tylenol or Advil should help.