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Braces Problems and Solutions

For the most common issues you may run into while going through an orthodontic treatment with braces, check out this page for quick fixes.

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What to do with Common Braces Issues

A braces bracket is loose but still on the wire with the tie wire intact. The tie wire is the band that keeps the bracket attached to the wire.

Loose Bracket

Call for an appointment. In the meantime, if the bracket is still attached to the archwire, leave it in place. If uncomfortable, cover with wax. Do not connect elastics to a loose bracket. If it comes out completely, bring it with you to your appointment.

A braces bracket is missing a tie wire. The tie wire is the band that keeps the bracket attached to the wire.

Lost Tie Wire or Elastic Tie

Please call to ask if an appointment is necessary. Notify the assistant at your next appointment.

An archwire for braces is sticking out past the end tube bracket and poking the inside of the mouth.

Poking Archwire

Cover with wax or wet cotton. Call for an appointment.

A person with braces is holding their cheek as if they are in pain.

Soreness from Braces

Rinse your mouth with warm salt water. If necessary, take the pain reliever that you would use for a headache or similar discomfort.

The end of an archwire has come out of the end tube bracket.

Wire Out of the Tube

Try to place the wire back into the tube with tweezers. Place wax if uncomfortable and call for an appointment.

 A braces archwire has slid out of a bracket.

Rotated Archwire

Try to slide the wire back around to the other side. If unsuccessful, place wax and call for an appointment.

A small piece of wax has been placed on a bracket that was causing irritation.

 

Sharp or Irritating Area

Cover the irritating area with wax and call for an appointment.

To schedule an appointment, call or text Yang Orthodontics at 215-757-0864. You can also schedule online by clicking here.

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