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Comfort Care During Treatment

Comfort Care During Treatment

young girl smilingIf you’re experiencing discomfort, Lewis Braces is available to you. Call our office at (405) 330-5095 when you experience severe pain or have a painful appliance problem you can’t correct yourself. We’ll schedule an appointment to resolve the problem.

In the interim, you may be able to solve many common issues temporarily until you can visit our office. If there is a loose piece that you can remove, put it in a plastic bag or envelope and bring it with you to your next appointment. If your braces are poking you, put soft wax on the piece that’s sticking out. If a wire has slid to one side, you can pull it back to the other side with needle-nosed pliers, replacing it in the tube on the back tooth.

After alleviating your discomfort, it is very important that you still call our office as soon as possible to schedule a time to repair the problem. Allowing your appliance to remain damaged for an extended period of time may result in disruptions to your treatment plan.

General soreness

When you first get your braces, your mouth may feel sore, and your teeth may be tender to biting pressures for 3 to 5 days. Stick to a soft diet until it doesn’t hurt to chew.

The lips, cheeks, and tongue may become irritated for one to two weeks as they learn a new posture and become accustomed to the surface of the braces. You can put wax on the braces to lessen this. We’ll show you how!

Irritated gums and other sore spots can be relieved by rinsing your mouth with a warm salt-water mouthwash. Dissolve one teaspoonful of salt in eight ounces of warm water, and rinse your mouth vigorously. An alternative is the Healthy Gums Rinse mouthwash by The Natural Dentist.

You can also place Orabase on the affected area to relieve discomfort. If the tenderness is severe, take Acetaminophen (Tylenol) or whatever you normally take for a headache. Aspirin, Ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil) and Naproxen Sodium (Naprosyn, Anaprox) slow tooth movement, so try to avoid using them frequently during treatment.

1 teaspoon salt, 8 ounces water

Headgear

Ensure that you’re wearing your headgear as instructed by your orthodontist to avoid discomfort. If the facebow (metal piece) is bent, please call our office for assistance. The headgear should hurt less the more it’s worn, so wear your headgear for the prescribed number of hours.

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Loose appliance

If your appliance is poking you, place wax on the irritating end.

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Broken or Loose bracket

If your bracket or band is still attached to the wire, leave it in place and put wax on it for comfort. If the bracket or band can be removed easily, place it in an envelope and bring it to your next appointment.

Poking & Loose wire

Push the poking wire down with a pencil erase or place wax on it to avoid continued irritation.

Using a pair of tweezers or needle-nosed pliers, try to put your wire back into place. It is okay to use a piece of floss to tie the wire into place: tie the floss around the bracket in place of the missing colored o-ring.

If you cannot put the wire into a comfortable position, and covering the end with wax doesn’t help, as a last resort use a small fingernail clipper to clip the wire behind the last tooth to which it is securely fastened. If the end of the wire is still sharp place wax on it.

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