After getting your braces on your lips and cheeks may develop sore spots. This is completely normal and very common when getting braces on and after getting adjustments.
Here are some tips:
- Only apply wax to offending areas for temporary relief so that you allow cheeks and lips to toughen up and become used to your braces.
- Using warm salt water rinses several times a day helps soothe your cheeks and lips and will help them heal up faster
- You may take over the counter pain medication such as Tylenol or Advil just as you would for a headache
- The length of soreness varies patient to patient but should be expected for the first 3-5 days
- Call our office as soon as possible to schedule an appointment to get new retainers made.
- If you have an old set of retainers you can wear them for the time being to prevent teeth from shifting.
- If you have a bracket that is loose, keep it on the wire and do not try to remove as this could break other brackets off in the process.
- Apply wax over the loose bracket if it is rubbing your cheek.
- Call our office to schedule an appointment
Loose Expander, Band, Appliance
If your expander, appliance, or the metal bands around your back teeth are loose or come out, put in a zip lock bag and call our office to make an appointment to reinsert.
- If you have a poking wire, place wax over the area that is poking. You can also use a pencil eraser to push the wire down so that it will no longer poke you.
- If the wire is thin, you can try to clip the wire with a pair of clippers but it is best to leave the wire in place if possible.
- If none of the above work to ease your discomfort, call our office to schedule an appointment