How can you avoid common complications from braces?

As an orthodontist in Tulsa, we treat both children and adults that are looking to improve their smile by straightening their teeth. At Nowlin Orthodontics we have a variety of ways to do so that include braces, aligners, and removable oral appliances. Our treatment recommendations are customized based on each patients’ needs and oral health which helps to ensure that the results are stunningly beautiful. During the course of the treatment, some patients struggle with various problems, including braces pain, many of which are entirely avoidable. Please contact our office if you’re experiencing any of these common issues with your braces.

As an orthodontist, we find that many of our patients will get a loose bracket at some point during their treatment. The brackets are secured to the teeth using a resin composite. When eating foods that are hard like nuts, the bracket can become loose or even pop off. This can lead to severe discomfort for the surrounding cheeks. We suggest using a special wax that can be placed around and on top of the bracket until you can get to our office. This will help you to remain comfortable.
This tops the chart of common problems with braces. By eating something hard, you can cause your wire to become loose. When it does, it may poke you in the cheek or other areas of your mouth, causing severe discomfort. While it may be tempting, Drs. Van and Ryan Nowlin recommends that you do not cut the wire on your own. Instead, visit our orthodontist office to have it repaired or replaced. That way there is no risk of it accidentally getting swallowed.
This is a simple one and if the rubber bands surrounding your brackets become loose, schedule an appointment to have them replaced. It is quick and easy to do so but must be completed quickly before the wire or brackets are impacted.
These items help to make the room that is necessary for teeth to move into the right position. From time to time, they can get loose based on what a person eats. Only an orthodontist can secure them in place or replace them entirely.

As an orthodontist, we understand that while there are several common problems with braces, as a whole the procedure can be completed without any significant issues. Most of the problems that patients have with braces can be prevented by eating a diet that won’t damage your teeth. For example, cutting out or reducing sugar intake along with hard objects like nuts and candy. These things are known to create many of the problems listed above.

At Nowlin Orthodontics, we also recommend that patients throughout the Tulsa area take good care of their teeth by brushing and flossing throughout the day in addition to having their teeth professionally cleaned. To learn more about how to keep braces in good shape and how to prevent common problems, call 918-369-6100 and schedule a consultation with Drs. Van and Ryan Nowlin.

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