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You are on your way to reaching a straighter, healthier smile when your braces become damaged. If this happens, set up an appointment with our orthodontist. Until your visit, there are some things you can do to get help with common orthodontic issues.

Loose brackets – If a bracket becomes loose, you can apply a piece of orthodontic wax to reattach loose brackets temporarily. Wax can also be placed over the bracket to provide a cushion between the bracket and the gums and other soft tissues of the mouth to increase comfort.
Poking or broken wire – Use a cotton swab or a pencil eraser to readjust a poking wire to a more comfortable position. If the wire can’t be moved, place a small amount of orthodontic wax over the end. If the wire is still causing discomfort, you can cut it with scissors or nail clippers. If a sore develops in your mouth from the wire, rinse with warm salt water or an antiseptic mouthwash.
Discomfort with braces – Discomfort may be felt for about a week after your braces are placed. After routine adjustments, discomfort is also common. You may take a non-aspirin pain reliever to relieve discomfort. Placing a heating pad or a warm washcloth on the area can also relieve soreness.

We invite you to contact Richmond Orthodontics today to learn more about braces in Richmond, Virginia, and to schedule a visit with Dr. Bryan Brassington, Dr. Curt Wiltshire, or Dr. Kevin Bibona.