In short, moving your teeth into entirely new positions is no easy feat, even if your case of misalignment is relatively minor. As a result, you might find that the first few weeks or months come with some adjustments, from changing how you floss to incorporating the dietary restrictions. To make the transition more seamless, here are a few common problems with braces (as well as solutions!).
1. Mouth Sores/Irritation
Since your lips, tongue, gums, and the insides of your cheeks are not used to the metal brackets and wires, it’s completely normal to experience some irritation, especially as the calluses in your mouth develop. One of the easiest ways to prevent this from happening is by placing dental wax over the sharp edges of your braces. If a sore has already developed, then rinse with warm saltwater and avoid eating anything acidic, spicy, or sugary.
2. Soft Tissue Injuries
Although rare, it is possible for one of your brackets or wires to come loose. In the process, you can sustain a soft tissue injury, resulting in some pain and a lot of blood. Don’t worry – this can usually be quickly handled at home by rinsing with clean water and applying pressure to the cut with a damp washcloth. As for ways to prevent this from happening, it’s important that you follow all of your orthodontist’s instructions, from wearing a mouthguard during sports to avoiding crunchy foods.
The pressure of your teeth moving might feel a lot like a toothache. Fortunately, you can ease your discomfort by sipping on cool water, steering clear of crunchy foods, and taking an OTC pain reliever as directed.
Important note: If your toothache has persisted for more than 24 hours, you’re experiencing pain when biting down, or you’re experiencing another abnormal symptom (like a pimple-like bump on your gums), then schedule an appointment with your orthodontist ASAP.
4. Inflamed Gums
Inflamed gums are another common “problem.” Although it’s good news in terms of your orthodontic treatment, it can be quite uncomfortable for you as a patient. Sipping on cool water or using a cold compress for 10 minutes at a time can help reduce inflammation. You can also take OTC pain medication, but double-check which ones your orthodontist recommends first.
About the Practice
A highly-rated orthodontic office in Ludlow, our team at Ludlow Orthodontics is here to help patients with more than just the placement of their braces. We’re here to answer questions. We’re here to provide recommendations. We’re here to provide pointers. Basically, we’re here to make your entire teeth-straightening journey as comfortable, efficient, and enjoyable as possible. If you have a question for our team or would like to learn more about common problems (and how to address them), you can get in touch with our team via our website or by phone at (413) 547-0300.