You made it! Braces are finally on! You picked out the colors you want, posted a selfie, and even nailed the brushing and flossing. But all of a sudden, something is beginning to poke your cheek or gums. What could it be? No worries. During orthodontic treatment, it’s completely normal to experience some discomfort including a poking wire. What should you do?
How to care for poking or broken braces:
- The easiest and first thing to try is orthodontic wax. In your braces starter kit, you’ll find a small container with wax. Pinch off a small portion of wax and press on to any areas that feel sharp or are poking. It’s best if the area is dry to help the wax stay in place. Need a visual? Click HERE to watch a more detailed video.
- You might also check to see if the wire has slid or popped out of the bracket. If you are comfortable doing so, you can use clean tweezers to slide the wire back into place. If unable to slide the wire in place you may be able to clip the wire with a clean pair of nail scissors. Watch HERE on how to use tweezers to slide the wire back into place or clip the wire if necessary.
- What about if a bracket comes loose, comes all the way off, or something else breaks? Please contact us so we may advise you to either wait until your next appointment or get you in at an earlier time. Typically if the wire is not poking, it’s okay to wait until your next appointment but best to always check with us to help make the best decision for you.
If you have any questions about your braces or treatment please always feel free to ask any of our team members. We are happy to assist you!
What happens if you experience trauma or facial pain after hours? Please call our after-hours emergency only number at 501-991-4839.