Braces remain the gold standard when it comes to aligning teeth for kids of all ages. In pediatric dentistry, treating misalignment early is important. Early intervention with braces can prevent future problems down the line. There are some common braces problems that your kids may experience while undergoing orthodontic treatment. Here we outline several common issues and what you can do to cope with them.
Bad breath is a common problem for braces wearers. This happens mostly because bacteria or food particles get stuck in between teeth or brackets. One way to avoid having smelly breath is to improve your dental hygiene habits.
It can be difficult to brush and floss your teeth around braces. There are special techniques and tools that you can use to keep your teeth clean. Schedule an appointment with your dental hygienist or dentist to discuss the best ways to care for your teeth while wearing braces. They will have tips that you can use to make it easier to remove all of the bacteria and buildup from your teeth.
While it shouldn’t happen often, it is possible that certain foods can cause a wire to break or to become loose. This can be uncomfortable, especially if an end of the broken wire rubs on the inside of your mouth. Putting a small piece of orthodontic wax on the broken wire can limit the discomfort. It is also important to call your pediatric dentist or orthodontist right away so that it can be repaired.
At some point while wearing braces, you will likely experience a loose bracket. When this happens, it is important to call your pediatric dentist or orthodontist to repair the loose bracket. Until you are able to be seen by a dental professional, you can put dental wax around the loose bracket to keep it in place until your dentist fixes it.
Increased Cavity Risk
Because of how difficult it can be to clean your teeth while wearing braces, especially at first, you may experience an increased risk for developing cavities. With proper dental care and oral hygiene habits, this risk can be fairly minimal. To prevent any long term issues, seeing your dentist regularly after braces are removed is critical. This way any minor cavities can be repaired immediately.
For most patients, the results of using braces are worth any minor discomfort or hassle that may take place during the process. By maintaining impeccable oral hygiene habits and scheduling regular orthodontic appointments, many of these common problems can be avoided. If you have any questions about braces, be sure to discuss your concerns with your child’s dentist.
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If you have questions about pediatric dentistry or the process of having braces, contact Savannah Dental Solutions today at (912) 354-1366 to reach a reliable children’s dentist in Savannah, GA. Our friendly, knowledgeable staff will guide you through the entire process and answer all of your questions about your child’s braces.
Problems with Braces? Savannah Dental Can Help!
Braces have long been the most common treatment for specific orthodontic issues. While they work well, braces can sometimes cause minor oral problems. Many issues can be cared for at home with simple techniques. Here are some suggestions.
Soreness is extremely common in the first three to five days after you have your braces placed. You may also feel sore for a few hours after each adjustment. You can relieve tenderness by rinsing your mouth vigorously with a teaspoon of salt dissolved in eight ounces of slightly warm water. You can also use Orajel or a similar over the counter topical medication. If needed, an over the counter pain reliever such as Tylenol or ibuprofen may be used.
Your braces may also cause mouth irritation to the cheeks, tongue, and lips, especially during the first two weeks. Your orthodontist will show you how to apply wax to the braces to minimize irritation.
The braces are bonded to your teeth with a strong dental cement, but individual brackets may occasionally break free, especially if you bite into hard or sticky food. This will not damage your tooth, but the bracket will need to be re-bonded. You do not need an emergency visit for a broken bracket, but you should make an appointment at your earliest convenience rather than waiting for your next scheduled visit. If the bracket is loose but still connected to the arch wire, leave it in place if possible, coating it with wax if it irritates your mouth. If the bracket comes off the wire, put it in a safe place and bring it to your repair appointment.
Like a broken bracket, a loose band is not an emergency, but it must be repaired as soon as it is reasonably convenient. If the band stays in place, leave it where it is. If it comes off completely, put it in a safe place and bring it to your repair appointment.
Most of the time, a poking wire has simply slid to one side or the other. Look in the mirror to see if it appears uncentered. Use tweezers with very light pressure to gently push it back into place. If you are unable to do so, or if it appears centered, use wax over the poking area to prevent irritation. You can also use a pencil eraser to gently move or bend the wire so that it no longer pokes. Let your orthodontist know about any poking wires at your next visit or make an emergency appointment if you develop mouth irritation that you cannot manage at home.
If a wire pops out of place, use tweezers to gently put it back where it belongs. If you are unable to do so, try using wax to minimize discomfort. As a last resort, you can use small, sterilized fingernail clippers to clip the wire behind the last tooth where it is still fastened in place. Let your orthodontist know what happened at your next appointment or make an emergency appointment if all or most of the wire popped.
Married dentists Chad and Alexandra Schnabel welcome you to Savannah Dental Solutions. From caring children’s dentistry to high-tech cosmetic procedures and even full-mouth reconstruction, we blend the latest technology with traditional customer-oriented values. To start your journey to better oral health, call us today at (912) 354-1366.