Managing Orthodontic Problems at Home

Managing Orthodontic Problems at Home
4 min read
30 September 2023

The journey to a stunning smile often comes with a few bumps along the way, but fear not, for most of these minor inconveniences are temporary and manageable from the comfort of one’s home. While it is always recommended to reach out for professional assistance, sometimes it is not immediately possible.

In light of this, we've compiled a list of home hacks to help ease the adjustment phase and make it as painless as possible. The information provided in this blog has been gathered from Dr. Aneesh Katyal, a renowned dentist for braces treatment who offers the most affordable orthodontic treatment cost in Gurgaon. Keep reading to learn more.

Orthodontic Emergencies

  • Mouth Sores

If a person finds themselves with mouth ulcers or sore patches, the first step is to check if any part of the appliance they are using is irritating the affected area. If it is, gently move it out of the way. To soothe the discomfort, one can apply a topical anesthesia or antiseptic, allowing time for the area to heal. A simple yet effective remedy is saltwater rinsing—mix one tablespoon of salt in a glass of warm water and rinse the mouth for 30 seconds, 3-4 times a day.

  • Loose Brackets

Discovering a loose bracket can be concerning. Examine it closely to determine whether it's broken but still attached to the wire or completely detached and sliding around or falling out. If it's attached to the wire, leave it be until the orthodontist can address it. Avoid attaching elastics to the loose bracket. If the bracket is detached or broken, one may carefully remove it and keep it safe until their next appointment.

  • Tooth Pain/Loose Teeth

Tooth pain or the sensation of loose teeth may be disconcerting, but rest assured, it's a natural part of the orthodontic process. For relief, use saltwater rinses. Applying a heating pad or a warm towel to the cheek can also help alleviate the discomfort.

  • Loose Wires/Poking Wires

Loose or poking wires can be incredibly uncomfortable. If one feels confident in their abilities, tweezers can be used to gently guide the wire back into place. Alternatively, a pencil eraser can be used to nudge the poking wire back into its correct position. Warm a small piece of dental wax from the orthodontic kit by rolling it between the fingers. Shape it into a ball and place it over the troublesome area for relief. As a temporary quick fix, chewing gum can be used instead of wax, but remember not to fall asleep with it in the mouth. If a wire is excessively long and causing discomfort, carefully trim the excess with sterilized nail clippers (alcohol can be used for sterilization).

  • General Discomfort

Occasional discomfort is normal during orthodontic treatment and typically subsides within a day or two. Saltwater rinses remain a go-to home remedy. Stick to soft foods and cold drinks until one is pain-free. Sipping on ice water intermittently can help. If the discomfort becomes too much to bear, consider taking an over-the-counter painkiller for relief.

  • Swallowed Appliance Piece

In the event that one accidentally swallows a piece of their appliance, remain calm. Inform your dentist immediately so he/she can provide further guidance. While this situation is usually not a cause for alarm, if one experiences breathing difficulties or persistent coughing after swallowing an appliance part, it's essential to assess their throat with a flashlight. If one still feels unwell, seek immediate medical attention.

While we encourage professional consultation, these home hacks can offer some relief until one can visit the clinic for comprehensive care. If one is looking for an effective braces treatment they may consider the best Invisalign in Gurgaon, by visiting AK Global Dent, a renowned clinic for braces treatment.

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