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If your teeth are sore after a visit, you may take acetaminophen (Tylenol) or other non-aspirin pain relievers while you adjust to your new braces. A warm wash cloth, heating pad or warm salt water rinses may reduce the soreness in your jaws.
If your braces cause irritation, try moving the wire away from the irritated area with a cotton swab or eraser. If the wire will not move, try covering the end of it with a small piece of cotton or a small amount of wax. If the wire is painful, you can cut it with nail clippers that have been washed and sterilized in alcohol.
If a bracket comes loose, most of the time the bracket can be stabilized on the wire by placing some orthodontic wax over the bracket and wire. If the loose bracket is a terminal bracket (the last bracket along the wire), save the bracket and clip the loose end of the wire with nail clippers that have been washed and sterilized in alcohol. Contact the office to determine if the bracket needs to be rebonded before your next scheduled appointment.
If a separator comes out, contact our office to determine if it needs to be replaced. Some patients may lose a separator during treatment, which is common.