Common Braces Problem and Solutions

by Dr. Amer Hussain, on Sep 2, 2019, 3:18:00 PM

We all know having braces isn’t easy, there can be a lot of moving parts (literally) going on to help align your smile. Now, since we can assume you haven’t had braces before there will be a learning curve as you get used to your braces and having them.

There are some common problems that everyone will run into, and for each problem there’s a simple solution to help you. But first we’ll start with two golden rules to keep in mind.
Adult with braces
Golden Rule One: If it’s too big to bite. Cut. It. Up
Now even though this may seem like common sense, it’s important to keep in mind at all time. Braces will change the way you eat and talk until you become accustomed to them. Usually we don’t think twice about the size of our bites when eating but with braces, it's important to remember you have wires and brackets to be mindful of.

Golden Rule Two: If it’s too hard to chew. Don’t eat it.
We know, we know that tempting taffy or hard apple is mouth-watering. But is it really worth possibly damaging your braces? Probably not. By being careful with what you eat can prevent 99%of all breakages. Staying away from hard and sticky food will save you a lot of grief in the end.

Common Problem One: SOMETHING’S POKING ME
Ah, pokey wires. They are not the greatest feeling BUT they are a good sign that your teeth are moving! Long wires can be clipped with a CLEAN nail cutter (if your comfortable with it, if not make an appointment with your orthodontist to have them do it for you).

Common Problem Two: Uhh… The wire is completely out/broken
Okay, firstly don’t panic. No, you did not just ruin your treatment but you do have to fix this issue. Occasionally during treatment the wire can become dislodged or break. First thing to do is try to reposition the wire back in place or into a comfortable place. Use orthodontic wax to help alleviate any discomfort and then give your orthodontist a call to let them know and book you in to fix your wire.

Common Problem Three: My spring or tube ran away
It happens, things get misplaced. If your spring or tube is misplaced, call your orthodontist right away. Depending on its location it may need to be replaced right away. If it just fell off bring in with you to your next appointment.

Common Problem Four: I don’t have a hook anymore
So no hook huh? Guess you’re not going fishing bud. Jokes aside, if the hook for elastics gets damaged or is loose, stop wearing the elastics. Just make call into your orthodontist office to schedule an appointment to replace or tighten the hook.

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