Some orthodontic problems can be dealt with by yourself if a non-regular visit to your Orthodontic Specialist is not possible.

The following section provides suggestions on how to deal with some of these problems:

  • Tooth pain after the braces have been adjusted
  • Irritation of lips and cheeks

Tooth pain after the braces have been adjusted

A frequent problem is tooth pain for several days after the braces have been adjusted. This tends to make eating more difficult. One suggestion is to make sure soft foods are available. Another simple step to take is to use non-prescription pain relievers such as you would for a headache. Examples of these are Tylenol® or Advil®.

Irritation of lips and cheeks

Ligatures come off the brace while eating sticky foods

Brace is knocked during sport or while eating a hard food

Protruding wire

How to prevent avoidable emergencies

It is advisable to avoid hard, crunchy and sticky foods as these frequently result in additional orthodontic appointments.

Storing a removable appliance or retainer

A removable appliance or retainer is only safe in two places: in your mouth or in the retainer case provided by your Orthodontic Specialist. Never place it in a purse, a pocket or anywhere else where it can be damaged.

Removing an appliance or retainer when eating out

When eating out, it is recommended that you remove your retainer. All too often, the retainer case is not available. Please do not wrap the retainer in a tissue or napkin. This eventually results in the retainer being discarded.

Removing headgear

When removing your headgear, always disconnect the strap prior to removing the metal facebow. Failure to disconnect the strap could lead to serious injury.