If you’re wearing braces, you know that they can require some extra care and attention. Inevitably, you will experience some problems with your braces, such as stuck food particles, poking wires, or loose brackets or wires. Sometimes you aren’t able to get into the office right away and you may feel stuck with discomfort. Fortunately, you can take care of many of these problems at home with a few simple tips.

Stuck Food Particles

One of the most common problems with braces is food getting stuck between the brackets and wires. If left untreated, this can cause plaque buildup, bad breath, and even tooth decay. The best way to prevent food particles from getting stuck in your braces is to brush and floss regularly. Use a small, interdental brush to clean between the brackets and wires, and floss at least once a day. Additionally, avoid hard or sticky foods that can easily get caught in your braces, such as popcorn, bubble gum (sugar free gum is okay), and hard, sticky, or chewy candy.

Poking Wire

Another common problem with braces is a poking wire. If a wire is sticking out and poking your cheek, you can try to gently push the wire back into place with the eraser end of a pencil or with a cotton swab. You can also use orthodontic wax to cover the poking wire and prevent it from causing irritation. If the wire is still causing discomfort, you may need to contact your orthodontist for an appointment to have the wire trimmed.

Loose Bracket or Wire

A loose bracket or wire can be a more serious problem with braces. If a bracket or wire comes loose, it can cause discomfort, and it may even affect the effectiveness of your treatment. If you notice a loose bracket or wire, contact your orthodontist right away. In the meantime, you can use orthodontic wax to cover the bracket or wire and prevent it from moving around or causing further damage.

In conclusion, taking care of braces problems at home is an essential part of your orthodontic treatment. Remember to brush and floss regularly, avoid hard or sticky foods, and use orthodontic wax to cover any poking wires or loose brackets. If you experience any problems that cannot be resolved at home, don’t hesitate to contact us for an appointment. By following these simple tips, you can keep your braces in good condition and enjoy a healthy, beautiful smile.