To help you keep your braces functioning effectively and without discomfort, Dieguez Smiles has provided the following information on life with braces. We invite you to make your appointment with Dr. Bertha Dieguez and learn more about life with braces in Birmingham, Alabama, by contacting our practice at 205-980-4744.
Soreness Caused from Braces & Appliances
When you first begin wearing braces, your teeth and mouth will feel tender and sore for a few days. This is normal, and should go away within a week at most. To relieve pain, our orthodontist recommends dissolving 1 teaspoon of salt in 8 ounces of lukewarm water, and swishing and gargling this solution in your mouth for a couple of minutes. You could also take a mild pain reliever, such as ibuprofen.
Your lips, cheeks, and tongue may also be irritated while they adjust to your braces. Our team will be happy to provide you with wax to place over your braces to lessen any tenderness.
If you experience severe pain, or pain that lasts longer than a few days, please contact our office as soon as possible so that we can adjust your braces and correct the problem.
It is normal for teeth to begin feeling a little loose while you are wearing braces. Your braces work by loosening your teeth enough to move them into the correct positions. When your treatment is complete your teeth will no longer be loose.
Loose Wires and Bands
The wires and bands of your braces may occasionally come loose. If this happens, please contact our office as soon as possible so that we can repair your braces. If any piece of your appliance comes off, save it and bring it with you to your appointment. If a loose wire is causing irritation, place wax or a wet cotton ball over it to relieve the pain.
Take Care of Your Appliances
We urge you to take good care of your orthodontic appliances! Damaged appliances extend the length of your treatment. Your teeth and jaws can only be moved into their correct positions by consistently wearing the rubber bands, elastics, headgear, retainer, or other appliances our orthodontist prescribes.
Playing Sports with Braces
You can still play sports while wearing braces! Braces should not hinder your daily life at all. Our orthodontist does, however, recommend that you be fitted for a custom mouth guard to protect your teeth, lips, jaw, gums, soft tissue, and your appliance from damage.
If you experience a sports emergency, check your mouth and appliance immediately. If you notice any loose teeth or damage to your braces, contact our office.
Call our office today to learn more about life with braces and schedule your consultation with our experienced orthodontist.