Common Problems with Braces and How to Fix Them

Common Problems with Braces and How to Fix Them

Although newer treatments such as Invisalign are quickly gaining traction, braces have been the treatment of choice for straightening teeth for more than 100 years, and they remain highly popular today. Unfortunately, minor issues are not unusual with braces. Here are some common braces problems and how to fix them.


Soreness is extremely common for the first three to five days after having new braces placed, and after each adjustment. You can relieve tender spots by rinsing vigorously with a teaspoon of salt dissolved in eight ounces of warm water. Unless contraindicated, you can also use a topical medication such as Orajel and take an over the counter painkiller such as Advil or Aleve.

Braces wax is an excellent way to reduce rubbing and irritation along your cheeks, gums, tongue, or lips. We will show you how to properly use it.

Broken Bracket

Your braces are bonded to your teeth with a durable dental cement, but it is not uncommon for an individual bracket to come loose, especially when biting into something hard or sticky. This will not damage your braces or your tooth, but it is important to re-secure the bracket as soon as time allows. In the meantime, if the bracket is still connected to the arch wire, use wax to reduce irritation and leave it alone. If it falls off altogether, put it in a safe place and bring it with you to your repair appointment.

Poking Wire

If a wire is poking your mouth, it has most likely shifted to one side. Look in the mirror and gently slide it back into place with a pair of tweezers. If it looks centered or you cannot move it, use wax to minimize irritation or carefully bend the wire back with pencil eraser. If you are experiencing major mouth soreness, call us for an emergency visit. Otherwise, be sure to let us know about the issue at your next regular appointment.

Popped Wire

Most popped wires can be pushed gently back into place with a pair of tweezers. If you are unable to move the wire, apply wax to reduce irritation in your mouth. You can also cut the wire behind the last tooth where it is still tightly bonded with a pair of small, sterilized fingernail clippers. If most or all of the wire popped, schedule a repair visit right away. Otherwise, let us know what happened at your next scheduled appointment.

Braces are an excellent way to straighten your teeth, but minor mouth problems are common. Follow the guidelines above, and never hesitate to call us if you have questions or are not sure what you should do.

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