How to Adapt to Wearing Braces
Troubleshooting Your Braces:
If your braces break or you have other troubles, call our office and we’ll let you know what to do. In general, these tips can help you between appointments. Be sure to keep any pieces of your braces that come off and bring them to your visit.
Broken Bracket: Cover broken or damaged brackets with orthodontic wax to keep the broken piece from irritating your mouth.
Poking Wire: Cover poking wires with orthodontic wax or ask your parent to clip a poking wire with clean nail clippers. You may also bend a poking wire toward your teeth with a pencil eraser. If a wire has come loose from your last bracket, a parent can use clean tweezers to reinsert it into position. Long wires can be clipped. We’ll fix broken and bent parts at your next appointment.
Post-Adjustment Discomfort: If your mouth is sore after braces are first attached or after an adjustment, the discomfort should go away within a day or two. Ask a parent for the age-appropriate dose of an over-the-counter pain reliever like Tylenol, Advil, or Motrin to relieve the soreness.
Lost Invisalign Aligner: Just give us a call ASAP for advice. Meanwhile, keep wearing the previous tray. Don’t wait too long!
Call Harmony Orthodontics for Problems with Braces
If you experience any concerns with your braces or have questions about what you can eat or when your next appointment is scheduled, call 832-699-3683 any time. We are always happy to help our patients!