Problems with Your Braces
Braces can be uncomfortable when fitted, but after a few days you’ll get used to them and the discomfort soon disappears. We recommend sticking to a soft diet for the first few days and, if necessary, take whatever you normally would for a headache. If you experience any soreness in the mouth from the brackets rubbing, apply relief wax (as demonstrated by your dental nurse).
If you experience any other problems with your brace, please call our reception for emergency dental treatment. Please be specific and tell us exactly what the problem is.
- Bracket off – If you break a bracket on your brace, it is not classed as an emergency dental appointment, as it should not cause you any discomfort. If we can fit you in, we will, but you may have to wait until your next appointment. Please bring your bracket with you.
- Wire out – If your wire slides out of the buccal tube at the back and it is causing you discomfort, you can try pushing the wire back in with your finger. If it’s still uncomfortable, please contact us. However, if you’re not in any discomfort, you may need to wait until your next appointment.
- Turbo (bite block) off – If you grind your bite block down on your back teeth, one comes off and you’re in discomfort or you can feel yourself biting onto the brackets, please contact us. If it’s not causing you a problem, you can wait until your next appointment.
- Elastics – It may be necessary at some point in your treatment to attach delicate elastic bands to your fixed brace to help move the teeth. Elastics must be worn all the time, unless otherwise stated by your clinician. If they’re not worn exactly as instructed, they will not work and this will extend your treatment time. If you run out of your elastics, please come to reception to pick some up.