Common Issues with Orthodontic Braces
Orthodontic braces are one of the most popular methods for correcting issues with unruly teeth and delivering a better overall smile in the end. However, while people have been wearing them for decades now, that doesn’t mean you won’t experience a few issues when you get yours. Most of these are perfectly normal, but it still pays to be prepared for them by understanding the issue and knowing how to react. Thanks to Dr Ben White at White Dental Practice Southampton for his input.
As soon as you get your braces added, you’ll probably have a hard time leaving them alone. You’ll want to touch them with your fingers, run your tongue over them and take countless trips to the mirror in order to get a closer look. This is all completely natural, of course, and nothing to worry about.
However, many people eventually feel some initial discomfort at first too. It might be right away, but something you thought would eventually wear off. For a lot of people, though, this initial discomfort will last several days. For other people, the discomfort won’t begin until days after the braces are installed. All of a sudden, your teeth may feel sore or just overall uncomfortable.
Again, this is to be expected and as long as the pain isn’t unbearable, you shouldn’t need to contact your orthodontist. Instead, try mixing a tsp of salt with about eight ounces of warm water. Gargle this solution around in your mouth for a few minutes or so, but don’t swallow it. This should help to dull the pain.
Aside from your teeth, your gums, cheeks, jaws and gums may take issue with their new neighbors too. Unfortunately, this is just something that will take time for them to toughen up against. Otherwise, your orthodontist may have wax that will help with this problem.
While it may seem scary or even counterintuitive that your braces would cause loose teeth, understand that’s actually exactly what they’re designed to do. Braces work by applying enough pressure to override the gums in your mouth that otherwise hold each tooth firmly in place.
Again, this is really nothing to worry about. Your braces won’t loosen them to the point that they go missing. Once your teeth are repositioned correctly, you won’t feel them as being loose anymore.
Loose Wires or Bands
Everyone with braces has a mouth full of wires helping to move teeth around as desired. However, many people will have rubber bands in their mouths too, which are used to help bring the jaw into alignment. Unlike your teeth, though, there is no wiggle room for these. They should always stay exactly where your orthodontist had them when you left their office.
If you feel bands or braces coming loose or that they already have, call your orthodontist ASAP. The same goes for your actual braces. It’s important you see your orthodontist before this becomes an issue.
Although we mentioned that loose teeth are normal, your braces should never feel that way. If any piece does fall off, save it so your orthodontist can simply put it back into place.
Some people, when finding a wire has gotten loose, have used the back of a spoon or a pen to push it back into place. This will solve the problem temporarily, but you still need a dental professional to handle the loose piece themselves.
Based on its very function, wearing braces is going to require an adjustment. Unfortunately, this virtually guarantees that you’ll have to put up with some discomfort at the very beginning and perhaps from time to time going forward. Keep the above in mind, though, and you’ll know which problems are nothing to worry about and which should catch your attention.
There’s a good Youtube video below all about orthodontics – and you can also find out a lot more information at The British Orthodontists Society