Common Orthodontic Issues

Pediatric Dentistry of Suffolk County I & II
Commack (631) 486-6364
Medford (631) 320-0880

Is your child suffering from pain caused by his or her braces? There are a number of common orthodontic problems that can cause discomfort in your child’s mouth, but there are a few “quick fixes” to mitigate the pain.

Loose Bracket - A bracket that is glued on may come loose from time to time. Removing the bracket and storing it in a safe place is a viable option until you have the time to visit your dentist or orthodontist.

Poking Wire - If your child has a loose wire that is poking their gums or cheek the most simple and easy way to temporarily solve this problem is by using a small ball of wax. Just roll a small piece of wax into a ball and place it on the end of the wire that is causing pain or irritation. You can also try using a nail clipper to clip the piece of wire that is sticking out.

Sore Teeth - During the beginning stages of treatment, your child may endure soreness to their teeth. This is normal as the teeth are shifting in proper position. The pain should diminish within 24-72 hours, but here are some remedies to help reduce pain and discomfort in the meantime:
  1. Rinse with warm water.
  2. Eat soft foods.
  3. Use Tylenol or Advil to dull the pain.

If pain persists for more than a couple of days, be sure to contact your dental professional.

We are more than happy to further discuss any orthodontic problems you or your child may be facing. Feel free to give us a call at our Commack or Medford offices at (631) 486-6364 / (631) 320-0880, respectively. For more information on Pediatric Dentistry of Suffolk County, visit us online at

Labels: , , , , ,