At-Home Treatment for Orthodontic Issues

At-Home Treatment for Orthodontic Issues

There are times that an issue arises and you may not be able to schedule an emergent appointment to our office. In such cases, the tips below offer advice on how to handle orthodontic issues until you can come into our office or schedule a phone/video consult. For a full blog and information, click here to read more on the AAO website. 


Keeping these supplies on hand will ensure you are able to tackle common orthodontic issues.

  • Orthodontic Wax
  • Dental Floss
  • Disinfected Tweezers
  • Q-tips
  • Salt
  • Interproximal Brush
  • Toothpicks
  • OTC Pain Reliver
  • Topical Anesthetic


If you do need to replace an O-ring, you may be able to place it back using tweezers. Tweezers can also be used to remove a loose ligature. If a ligature is sticking out, bend it back with a Q-tip.


You will experience some discomfort due to your teeth moving. It should be minimal and only last a few days. To reduce discomfort, take over-the-counter pain relievers and rinse your mouth with warm salt water.

Mouth Sores

Braces do not cause mouth sores, but they can irritate them. You may find relief by using a Q-tip to apply topical anesthetics, such as Orabase or Ora-Gel.

Mouth Irritation

Orthodontic relief wax will reduce discomfort from braces or wires irritating your mouth. After pinching off a small piece, roll it into a ball the size of a pea and then flatten it completely over the area causing irritation. Wax can be purchased at any drug store.

Protruding Wires

If you find a wire has moved, use a Q-tip to push it flat against the tooth. You may also find relief by covering it with wax until your next visit.

Loose Braces or Bands

If you have either of these issues, please call us so that we can accurately triage the situation.

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