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It is normal for a patient to have discomfort for a day or two after braces or retainers are adjusted. The discomfort really is a sign of a good thing – it means the teeth are moving. Still, the discomfort can make eating uncomfortable. The patient should eat soft foods for the next day or so – soups, stews, liquids and such. If the patient’s physician permits over-the-counter pain relievers, the patient should get relief from taking acetaminophen or ibuprofen.

If a band becomes loose or a wire bent, please do not wait for the next appointment - call us immediately. If a lip, cheek or gum is being scratched, roll a small piece of wax and place it over the offending bracket, tube or wire. Such irritation will usually disappear after a day or two. Please call us if it doesn’t. Rinsing with warm salt water helps in the healing process of the irritated area.

Occasionally the end of a wire will work itself out of place and irritate the patient’s mouth. Please call us as soon as possible if this happens. In the meantime, use a Q-tip or pencil eraser to push the wire so that it is flat against the tooth. If the wire can’t be moved into a comfortable position, cover it with wax.