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3 Common Braces Dilemmas and Solutions

shutterstock_47233930At Burleson Orthodontics, we know braces can sometimes irritate your cheeks, gums and tongue. A rule of thumb, when you experience discomfort or severe pain, you should call the office especially when you have a painful appliance problem. Overall, there are three common dilemma’s that you can have with braces.

Dilemma #1: Poking wires

Poking wires is a good sign, since it means that your teeth are moving in the right direction. As your teeth begin to straighten out, poking wires may start and the wire may start to poke out in the back of your mouth and is irritating and bothersome.


Make sure before you leave the orthodontist, you grab some wax. Once the wire is poking, use your wax to prevent the wire from poking you. Break off a small piece of wax and roll it into a ball, dry the tooth and the bracket with cotton so the wax will stick, and place the wax over the bracket and wire and roll it over into position. This should stop the poking.

broken braceDilemma #2: Broken Brackets

Broken brackets are by far, the most common orthodontic emergency. Broken brackets can be caused at the time of bonding by moisture contamination from the glue, mostly from your saliva. In addition, broken brackets are caused by eating hard chewy foods and other foods that are not recommended for braces wearers.


If your loose bracket is in the middle or the front, take a piece of wax from your container, break a little piece off and roll it into a ball. Gently dry the bracket with some cotton, and roll the wax over it so that it does not bother you, the same solution when you have a poking wire. After you have placed the wax on your bracket, call your orthodontist to make sure you don’t have to come in before your next appointment.

Dilemma #3: Irritation of lips and cheeks

With all the braces in your mouth it is very likely and common that they will irritate your lips and cheeks.


After getting your braces on, this will lasts for a couple of days or so, just until your mouth gets used to the braces. If you notice that a bracket is significantly irritating your lips or cheeks, use your wax to cover the part of the bracket that is bothering you. In the same manner as in the other dilemmas. If the irritation persists, please call your orthodontist.

-Kim Bui

Discover more tips for Broken Brackets in Dr. Burleson’s video series at BurlesonOrthodontics.TV or click the link here: Burleson OrthoTV Episode 36 (Orthodontic Emergencies)

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