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How to Stop Braces Wire From Poking

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If you have traditional metal and wire braces, you may notice that sometimes the braces wire can poke at the inside of your mouth. It can be really annoying and uncomfortable. So we’re here to give you tips on making your braces experience more comfortable!

  1. Use Orthodontic Wax on Your Braces Wire
  2. We’ll give you orthodontic wax when you first get your braces on, but you can buy orthodontic wax at most pharmacies if you need more. These small cases contain long strips of wax that can be generously applied over areas of your metal braces that are irritating to your mouth.

    Before you place any wax on the braces wire or bracket that’s bothering you, make sure the surface is clean, dry, and free from any food debris. Then remove a pea-sized amount of wax from the strip and mold it into a ball. Gently press the wax into the braces wire or bracket, covering the entire area. You can wear the wax throughout the day, but you should remove it before you eat or brush your teeth, repeating the process with fresh wax after you’re done.

  3. Rinse with a Salt Water Mixture
  4. If your mouth has been torn up from your braces wire, rinse out your mouth with one teaspoon salt mixed into a cup of warm water. Swish it around for about 60 seconds and repeat six times throughout the day. This will help relieve your discomfort as well as help prevent infection.

  5. Drink Cold Water & Apply Oral Anesthetic Gel
  6. Regularly drinking cold water will help ease your pain and keep your body hydrated, which is essential for healing. For additional pain relief, rub a small amount of an oral anesthetic gel, which can be found at most pharmacies, on your sores three to four times each day.

  7. Avoid Irritating Foods & Drinks
  8. Try to limit foods and beverages that can irritate your mouth and make it prone to further injury, such as acidic fruits and juices, crunchy pretzels and popcorn, soda, and sugary and sour candy.

Is Your Braces Wire Poking Your Mouth?

If you feel like a braces wire is poking your mouth because it’s bent out of place or broken, don’t try to fix it yourself. Instead, contact us for an appointment so we can take a look.

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