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  • Discomfort Information

    What to Do in Case of Discomfort

    Stay calm! In actuality, there are very few things that cause orthodontic discomfort, which is why here at Harman Orthodontics we call it a comfort visit. Most problems can even be remedied at home! Please read through the resources on this page to see if you can identify your problem, and find out how you can address it. If you are unable to resolve the issue on your own, please call our office to notify us of the problem – by calling us, you will allow us to create a time to see you.

    Loose Brackets or Bands

    Call our office immediately for advice if a bracket or wire is loosened. The bracket may need to be re-fitted as soon as possible. You may have a situation that requires cutting a wire or sliding a bracket off a wire at night or over the weekend. If you need to cut a wire in case of emergency, you may use fingernail clippers that have been washed and sterilized in alcohol. Please call our office the next business day, so that we may schedule an appointment for you.

    Wire Irritations

    Sometimes discomfort caused by a wire on your braces can be resolved by 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 or scissors that have been washed and sterilized in alcohol. If you cannot resolve the wire irritation, call our office for an appointment.

    Lost Separators

    Most patients lose a separator during their treatment. Do not worry about losing a separator, but call our office to see if it needs to be replaced.

    Discomfort with Orthodontic Treatment

    During the first week after your braces are in place and routine adjustments are complete, you will likely feel some pain, soreness or discomfort. You may take acetaminophen or other non-aspirin pain relievers while you adjust to your new braces. A warm wash cloth or heating pad may reduce the soreness in your jaws.