Orthodontic braces are a great way to improve the condition of your child’s teeth and jaws. While an experienced children's dentist will provide tips on maintaining the condition of your child’s braces, there are several steps you can take in the event that your child experiences a problem:
Soreness After Initial Placement or Adjustments
It is normal for your child to experience some tooth and gum tenderness after the initial placement of his or her braces or following routine adjustments. This pain can be alleviated through the use of over-the-counter pain relievers and by holding a cold compress to the exterior of the cheek.
Minor Irritation from Brackets and Wires
Your child may experience minor gum and lip irritation as he or she adjusts to the metal brackets and arch-wires. This should diminish over time as his or her mouth gets used to the appliances. However, you may consider placing a small amount of dental wax over areas that are rubbing up against the inside of the cheeks or lips to prevent further irritation.
Loose or Broken Appliances
The arch-wires that run across your child’s metal brackets may become loose or break due to eating certain foods, chewing or biting on hard objects, or direct trauma to the mouth. Cover the broken wire with a small piece of dental wax for the time being, as this will help prevent the wire from poking or scratching the inside of your child’s mouth. You will also want to set up an appointment with your child’s pediatric dentist as soon as possible.
Whether your child is in need of orthodontic treatment or a routine cleaning, our dentists with Ashburn Children's Dentistry are here to help. Learn more about our pediatric dental practice by contacting our Ashburn office at (571) 223-5768.