How To Deal With A Wire Poke
How to Handle Poking Wires on Braces
Poking wires on braces are a very common and irritating problem. These can cause sores and small cuts and abrasions on your gums and cheeks. Reducing discomfort is the first goal of dealing with this problem, followed by fixing the wire. While there are some ways you can fix poking wires at home, you should always see your orthodontist or dentist to follow up. In most cases, your orthodontist will want to replace a broken wire or cut any long pieces of wire that are poking you.
Using Orthodontic Wax
Get some orthodontic .Your orthodontist should have supplied you with some when you got your braces.
- If you have run out, you can buy it at most pharmacies.
- Orthodontic wax comes in small cases containing long strips of wax.
- If you cannot find wax at a pharmacy, call your orthodontist for some.
Remove a small amount of wax from one of the wax strips.It should be about the size of a small pea.
- Roll the small piece of wax between your fingers until it is a smooth ball.
- Make sure your hands are clean and dry before touching the wax.
- Use only new, unused wax on your braces.
Make sure the wire or bracket that is poking you is dry and clean.It can help to brush your teeth carefully to remove any food or debris from the wires, before applying wax.
- To dry your braces, hold your lips or cheeks away from the area with poking wires.
- Let it air dry for a few seconds or use sterile gauze and place it between the brackets and the inside surface of your lip to dry.
- You can now apply the wax.
Apply the orthodontic wax ball to the poking wire.All you have to do is press it onto the offending area.
- Put the ball of wax on your fingertip.
- Touch the wax to the poking wire or bracket.
- Press down gently to cover the wire. Pressure on your teeth or braces while receiving orthodontic treatment can cause some discomfort. If you feel soreness while pressing on the wire this is completely normal.
Remove the wax before eating or brushing your teeth.You don't want the wax to get into your food while you eat.
- Discard any used wax immediately.
- Replace it with new wax after eating or brushing your teeth.
- Continue to use the wax until you can see your orthodontist or dentist to fix the wire.
- If you do happen to swallow the wax, that's okay. It won't harm you.
Fixing a Poking Wire
Try to bend thinner poking wires using the eraser end of a pencil.You won't be able to fix all poking wires this way, but this method will help in many cases.
- Find the wire in your mouth that is poking you.
- If it is a thin wire, get a pencil with a clean eraser.
- Gently touch the eraser to the poking wire.
- Push the wire gently to bend it.
- Try to tuck the poking wire behind the arch wire.
- Only do this for thinner, more flexible wires.
Use tweezers to fix poking wires in the back of your mouth.Sometimes, eating hard foods can cause flexible wires in the back of your mouth to slip out of the bracket slots on the back teeth.
- If this occurs, you can try to fix these with tweezers.
- Get a small pair of thin nosed tweezers. Make sure they are clean before using them in your mouth.
- Grab the end of the poking or loose wire with the tweezers.
- Guide it back into the tube on the bracket slot.
- If you can't get the wire back into the slot, you will need to call your orthodontist.
Fix broken laces that poke your lips using tweezers and pliers.You will need to see your orthodontist to follow up for a replacement.
- If the wire lacing of your braces is broken in the front of your mouth, you can try to tuck the broken lace behind the arch wire or around a bracket.
- Use tweezers to bend the wire away from your lips and cheeks.
- If the lace is on top of the arch wire you can can also remove it by cutting it with pliers. This is only recommended as a last option and should be followed by a visit to the orthodontist as soon as possible.
Treating Cuts and Sores
Use a rinse to clean your mouth.This can help to treat any sores or cuts caused by poking wires.
- Dissolve one teaspoon of salt in one cup of lukewarm water.
- Use this as a mouthwash by swishing around your mouth for 60 seconds.
- This may sting at first, but it will help to relieve prolonged discomfort and prevent infection.
- Repeat this four to six times a day.
Avoid foods that are acidic, sugary, or hard to eat.Instead, eat a soft, bland diet.
- Eat foods such as mashed potatoes, yogurt, and soups.
- Avoid coffee, spicy foods, chocolate, citrus fruits or juices, nuts, seeds, and tomatoes.
- These foods are high in acid and can aggravate any sores or cuts from your wires.
Drink cold water or iced tea.Cold (unsweetened) beverages can help ease the pain from sores.
- Use a straw to sip a cold drink, taking care not to scrape the cut or sore.
- You can also eat popsicles to apply cold to the sore.
- Alternatively, suck on an ice cube. Let the ice sit on the cut or sore for a few seconds at a time.
Put an oral anesthetic gel onto any sores or cuts.These can help relieve any discomfort from poking wires temporarily.
- You can buy Orajel or Anbesol at most pharmacies.
- Put a small amount of the gel on the end of a q-tip.
- Rub the gel over any sores or cuts in your mouth.
- You can reapply the gel three or four times each day.
QuestionI have lost my rubber band for my braces. Is it ok to wait until I see my doctor? Or should I call immediately?
Doctor of Dental SurgeryDoctor of Dental SurgeryExpert AnswerIt is important to inform your dentist as fast as possible when this happens. Depending on the treatment phase and clinical situation your dentist may decide how urgent it is to replace the rubber band.Thanks!
QuestionMy mouth hurts! I tried ice and I couldn't find wax. Please help!
Doctor of Dental SurgeryDoctor of Dental SurgeryExpert AnswerTry rinsing with diluted mouthwash. Pour about a half capful into a cup, then add another half capful of plain water. Anesthetic gel may also help you ease the pain and buying glycerin gel from a local pharmacy and applying it on the painful area will help the healing.Thanks!
QuestionMy cheek keeps getting attached to the wire. It's really painful and I don't know how to get it out. Help?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerGo to the dentist. They'll know what to do. They may have to cut and redo part of the braces, it just depends on the severity of the situation.Thanks!
QuestionThe orthodontist wax just crumbles up. What can I do?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerSounds like the wax might be old. Either get new wax from your orthodontist or buy new from a drug store.Thanks!
QuestionI have a really thick wire that caused a painful gash in my cheek. I went to the orthodontist yesterday for an emergency appointment and they fixed it, but today it is poking out and starting to scratch my cheek again. What should I do?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerIt sounds as though your orthodontist did not solve the problem, and the wire should probably be trimmed. Call back and let them know the "fix" was unsuccessful, and you that need another appointment. In the meantime, use wax to cover the wire to reduce further damage.Thanks!
QuestionHow can I apply wax to the back of my mouth?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerPut some gauze in the side of your mouth and let your mouth dry for a few seconds. Then put your wax on the spot that's bothering you.Thanks!
QuestionHow do I treat poking wires on my braces?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerIn the short term, smooth some dental wax over the area that bothers you. Then, get an appointment scheduled with your orthodontist and see what he/she can do to lessen the poking.Thanks!
QuestionWhat do I do if the wires in my mouth are causing an infection?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerYou should call your orthodontist as soon as possible and have them cut the wires. They will also be able to treat the infection.Thanks!
QuestionWhat do I do if my mouth really hurts when I have braces?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerDrink super cold ice water, hold ice in your mouth, or use Ora-Jel to numb it.Thanks!
QuestionWhat can I do if the wires keep moving and poking the inside of my mouth?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerThe wires may be shifting. See your orthodontist for advice.Thanks!
Is there anything I can do besides using wax?
I just got new braces on my back molars and they are poking at my jaw bone. It hurts to even press my lips together. How can I alleviate the pain if I can't fit wax back there?
- Even if you are able to mold something over the poking wire, it is always safest to get to an orthodontist to fix the problem.
- Orthodontic wax can be received at your orthodontic office or dentist.
- Avoid touching the wire that's sticking out with your tongue, as you could injure your tongue, too.
- Cutting wires yourself may not be safe.
- If you are having severe problems, tell your orthodontist, and they may be able to fix it.
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