Orthodontic (Braces) Problems
If an orthodontic wire is protruding, a blunt item (tongue depressor, cotton swab or pencil eraser) may be used to gently bend the wire so it is no longer irritating to the soft tissue.
When the protruding wire cannot be bent, simply cover the protruding end with paraffin (wax), a piece of gauze or a small cotton ball so it is no longer causing irritation. Inform parent/caregiver to advise the orthodontist of problem.
If a wire or appliance becomes loose or broken and cannot be removed easily, contact the parent/caregiver to take the child and the wire to the orthodontist IMMEDIATELY.
Do not attempt to remove any wire that is embedded in the cheeks, gum or tongue. Contact the parent/caregiver so that they can make an immediate appointment with the child's orthodontist.
The placement and adjustment of orthodontic bands/wires can cause some discomfort to the patient for a few days. Some relief can be achieved by holding warm salt water (1/2 teaspoon of salt in a glass of warm water) in the mouth. Aspirin or aspirin substitute can give additional relief (dosages according to weight and age). A semi-solid diet is recommended until the mouth feels comfortable enough to resume normal chewing.