If your brackets come off, don't panic. First, gently remove the loose bracket from your mouth, if possible. Then, call our office to schedule an appointment for a repair as soon as possible. If you experience discomfort, use orthodontic wax to cover the area and reduce any irritation.
What should I do if my wire is poking or sticking out?
If your wire is poking or sticking out, do not do any DIY fixes, such as using nail clippers to trim the wire. If the wire is causing discomfort, use orthodontic wax to cover the area and reduce any irritation. Then, call our office to schedule an appointment.
What should I do if my aligner is cracked or damaged?
If your aligner is cracked or damaged, stop using it immediately and call our office to schedule an appointment for a replacement. Wearing a damaged aligner can lead to further problems and prolong your treatment time. In the meantime, continue to wear your previous aligner.
How do I properly clean my braces?
It's important to brush your teeth and braces after every meal or snack. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste. You can also use interdental brushes, floss threaders, and water flossers to clean hard-to-reach areas.
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Can I still play sports while wearing braces?
Yes, you can play sports while wearing braces, but it's recommended to wear a mouthguard to protect your teeth and braces. Mouthguards are custom-fit for braces and are available at our office.
Can I still eat my favorite foods with braces?
Certain foods should be avoided while wearing braces, such as hard, sticky, or chewy foods that can damage the braces or get stuck in them. However, there are still plenty of options for delicious and healthy foods that won't harm your braces.
How can I deal with discomfort from braces?
It's normal to experience some discomfort after getting braces or after an adjustment. Over-the-counter pain relievers can help, as well as eating soft foods and avoiding hard or sticky foods for a few days. You may also cover brackets that cause soft tissue irritation with orthodontic wax.