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Living with Braces
Common Issues with Braces

While wearing braces, some patients may struggle with various problems in their dental care. It can be difficult to adjust to the braces and continue to take care of one’s teeth. The good news is that many of these problems are entirely avoidable. If you live in the local area, we invite you to call (904)- 595-6869 and schedule a consultation to discuss each of these items in detail. In the meantime here is what you need to know :

Loose Bracket or Wire: Don’t be alarmed if a wire or band comes loose. This happens occasionally. If irritation to the lips or mouth continues, place wax or wet cotton on the wire to reduce the annoyance. Call our office as soon as possible for an appointment to check and repair the problem.

 

Broken Brackets or Wires: Accidents happen, and occasionally a bracket or wire may become loose or break. If this occurs, it's important to contact Bold Bite Orthodontics promptly. Dr. Greenberg and his team will guide you on the necessary steps, which may include scheduling an emergency appointment or temporarily resolving the issue at home, depending on the severity. It is crucial not to attempt to fix or remove any components on your own. If there is irritation to the lips or mouth, place wax or wet cotton on the wire to reduce the pain.

 

Broken Rubber Bands: This is a simple one and if the rubber bands surrounding your brackets become loose, schedule an appointment to have them replaced. While it is quick and easy to do so, a professional must complete the process quickly before the wire or brackets become impacted.

Loosening of Teeth: This is to be expected throughout treatment. Don’t worry! It’s normal. Teeth must loosen first so they can move. The teeth will firm up in their new — corrected — positions after treatment is completed.

 

Gum Disease: While wearing braces, patients are at a greater risk for developing gum disease. This condition typically occurs as a result of bacteria building up along the gum line. Patients may experience inflammation, bleeding, and irritation as the bacteria become trapped in the gums. If left untreated, the condition may worsen to the point that the gums start to recede and pockets form in the gum tissue. This can lead to further irritation, bone loss, and decay. People wearing braces are at a particularly higher risk for this condition because of how difficult it is to clean around the gums. Dr. Greenberg can show you how to properly clean your teeth in order to prevent gum disease.

 

Cavities: Since it is difficult to clean teeth while wearing braces, there is an increased risk of getting a cavity. We understand the increased risk may frighten people away from braces, but we have the tools to help you keep clean teeth during this process. The metal brackets and wires placed onto your teeth create spaces where food, bacteria, and plaque can easily become trapped. At Bold Bite Orthodontics, we will recommend that patients use special tools to brush around their brackets and take extra time to make sure that teeth get as clean as possible. Getting your teeth cleaned on a regular basis is another way to prevent cavities.

 

Staining: Staining is one of the common problems that can occur with braces. Food can gather around the brackets, staining the teeth when a patient does not remove it quickly. Since it can be difficult to clean teeth with braces, many people will end up with a white spot where the bracket was. Thus, the rest of the tooth will look yellow in comparison. This problem is even more common with children since it is harder for them to take care of their teeth and braces. We recommend that adults have a teeth whitening procedure after getting braces taken off in order to remove any stains that have developed during the course of the treatment.

As you embark on your braces journey with Dr. Marty Greenberg and the compassionate team at Bold Bite Orthodontics in Jacksonville, FL, rest assured that common issues are easily addressed with their expertise and personalized care. By openly communicating with your orthodontist, following their guidance, and attending regular appointments, you can overcome any challenges that may arise. Your beautiful, aligned smile awaits, and we are here to support you every step

General Soreness

It's common to experience some soreness or discomfort in the initial stages of treatment as your teeth adjust to the gentle pressure applied by braces. Understanding this temporary discomfort and learning effective strategies to manage it will help you navigate this phase with ease and confidence. In this blog, we will explore the general soreness that can occur with braces and share valuable tips to alleviate any discomfort along the way.

Understanding General Soreness: General soreness or discomfort is a normal part of the orthodontic process. It typically occurs after braces are initially placed or following routine adjustments. This soreness is a sign that your braces are actively working to shift your teeth into their desired positions. While it may feel uncomfortable, it's important to remember that this phase is temporary and a necessary step toward achieving your dream smile.

First Week With New Braces: When you get your braces on, you may feel general soreness in your mouth and teeth may be tender to biting pressures for 3 – 5 days. Take Tylenol or whatever you normally take for headaches or discomfort. The lips, cheeks, and tongue may also become irritated for one to two weeks as they toughen and become accustomed to the braces. We will supply wax to put on the braces in irritated areas to lessen discomfort. 

Tips to Alleviate Discomfort: Fortunately, there are several effective strategies to help manage the soreness associated with braces. Consider the following tips:

  • Over-the-Counter Pain Relievers: Non-prescription pain relievers such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen can help alleviate discomfort. Always follow the instructions and consult with your orthodontist or pharmacist before taking any medication.

  • Warm Saltwater Rinses: Gargling with warm salt water can provide relief by reducing inflammation and soothing sore areas. Mix half a teaspoon of salt with eight ounces of warm water, swish it around your mouth, and spit it out. Repeat several times a day as needed.

  • Orthodontic Wax: Applying orthodontic wax to areas where brackets or wires are causing irritation can provide a protective barrier between your braces and the sensitive tissues of your mouth.

  • Soft Diet: Opt for soft and easy-to-chew foods during the first few days after adjustments or when soreness is more pronounced. Incorporate foods like mashed potatoes, yogurt, smoothies, and soups into your diet until your discomfort subsides.

  • Cold Compresses: Applying a cold compress or ice pack to the outside of your mouth can help reduce inflammation and numb the area, providing temporary relief.

 

It's important to remember that general soreness is temporary and a sign that your braces are working as intended. As you progress through your treatment, your mouth will gradually adapt, and any initial discomfort will diminish over time. Embrace patience and trust in the expertise of your orthodontist as they guide you toward your desired outcome.

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