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You are undergoing orthodontic treatment your braces become damaged. Don’t worry. When this happens, call our office for an appointment with our orthodontist. Until your appointment, there are some things you can do to get help with common orthodontic problems.

Loose brackets – If you have a loose bracket, you can apply a piece of orthodontic wax to reattach it 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 move 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 – It is normal to feel discomfort for about a week after your braces are placed. Discomfort is also common after routine adjustments. You may take a non-aspirin pain reliever to relieve discomfort. Placing heating pad or a warm washcloth on the jaw can also help with soreness.

We invite you to contact our dental offices today for more information about orthodontics in Los Angeles and Santa Monica, California, and to schedule an appointment with Dr. Claudia Torok.