Common Problems With Braces

Orthodontic treatment with braces is highly effective, but occasionally, patients encounter common issues that require attention. Understanding these concerns can empower you to address them promptly, ensuring a smooth orthodontic journey.


  • Discomfort and Irritation
    Braces may cause initial discomfort or irritation. Soft wax can be applied to alleviate rubbing against the cheeks or tongue. Over-the-counter pain relievers can also help manage soreness.
  • Broken or Loose Brackets
    Accidents or certain foods can cause brackets to break or become loose. Contact Dr. Peter Yi at Gainesville Orthodontics immediately for guidance. Avoid attempting to fix the issue at home.
  • Protruding Wires
    Wires may occasionally protrude and cause discomfort. Gently push the wire back into place using a cotton swab or pencil eraser. If unable to resolve the issue, contact our practice for assistance.
  • Oral Hygiene Challenges
    Braces require extra care to maintain good oral hygiene. Brushing and flossing may be more challenging, leading to plaque buildup. Regular dental check-ups and professional cleanings are crucial to prevent issues like cavities and gum disease.
  • Speech Impediments
    Adapting to speaking with braces may take time. Practice speaking slowly and enunciate words. The adjustment period is temporary, and your speech will improve over time.

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If you encounter any issues with your braces, do not hesitate to contact Dr. Yi at our orthodontic office in Gainesville, Virginia. Our experienced orthodontist and team are here to provide timely and effective solutions, ensuring your orthodontic experience remains positive and problem-free. Schedule your appointment today by calling 571-261-9117. Your journey to a confident and beautiful smile awaits.

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