Orthodontic First Aid

General Soreness

It is typical to have a few days of general achiness or soreness in your mouth when you first get your braces on. Your teeth may also be tender to biting pressures for about 3-5 days. Taking Ibuprofen or Tylenol an hour before your appointment helps greatly to reduce this discomfort. Many individuals also feel relief by using various mouthrinses like warm salt water, commercial mouthrinses like Listerine, or a hydrogen peroxide mouthrinse like Peroxyl. The lips, cheeks, and tongue commonly become irritated for 1-2 weeks as they toughen and become accustomed to the surface of your braces. You can put wax on the braces to help with this.

Loose Feeling Teeth

This is completely normal throughout treatment. Teeth move by the ligaments reorganizing so they must loosen first to be moved. The teeth will become rigidly fixed in their new positions once you are done with your orthodontic treatment.

Pokey Wires or Broken Brackets

Don't be alarmed if a wire, band, or bracket comes loose. This can happen occasionally. If a wire is sticking out and irritating you, try using the eraser end of a pencil to push the irritating wire under your braces. It helps significantly to just get a poky wire tucked or clipped. If irritation to the lips or mouth continues, wax is always a great easy way to reduce the problem. Call our office as soon as possible for an appointment to check and repair your appliances. If any braces or expanders come off, save them and bring them with you to our office. A broken bracket typically is not an emergency as the bracket will just float on the wire until you come in to see us.

Take Care of Your Braces

To successfully complete your treatment on time, you must work together with Dr. Milnor and your team. The teeth and jaws can only move toward their corrected positions if you are consistently wearing rubber bands, avoiding damage to your appliances, and maintaining a high level of oral hygiene.

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