Common Problems with Braces - What to Watch Out For

Common Problems with Braces – What to Watch Out For


Braces can sometimes be a hassle, especially for younger patients. But the temporary hassle is more than worth it when it comes to having a perfect smile as a result.

However, sometimes braces can have problems that are more than just a minor hassle. So below, we'll look at a few of the problems to look out for when it comes to braces.

Gum Health And Other Dental Hygiene Issues

Braces can make normal brushing and flossing more difficult and in some cases, less effective. Patients with braces often modify their brushing and flossing routines without knowing it, which can lead to a decrease in dental hygiene.

This can cause gum health to decline while wearing braces. Symptoms can include redness and soreness around the gums and even bleeding.

Some tips to keep this from happening include using a brush better suited to reach the areas now affected by the braces. Another option is to use a water flosser or Waterpik instead of flossing. Many patients find this to be easier than regular flossing while wearing braces.

You can also try to return to your previous brushing and flossing schedule. If braces have made you less willing to brush or floss, it could just be a matter of getting back on a proper routine of dental health.

Finally, if you are still having trouble and notice your gum health is not what it once was,  make sure to contact your orthodontist for more recommendations.

Broken Archwire

The main wire that runs between your teeth is known as the archwire. This wire is under constant tension and can occasionally break. Although rare, this can leave a sharp end of the wire exposed that can cut or poke areas in the mouth.

If you suspect your archwire has broken, you should call your orthodontist immediately.


Demineralization can occur when food particles are trapped around the structure of the braces and near the tooth. When not scrubbed away with proper brushing, these food particles can begin to produce an acid that stains the teeth.

These stains are visible when the braces come off and are often permanent without treatment.

To avoid this, make sure to focus on proper brushing and flossing twice a day. Keeping your teeth and braces clean will prevent demineralization and the stains they can cause.

Tooth Sensitivity

Some patients experience tooth sensitivity while wearing their braces. The constant pressure on the teeth and gums can cause them to become overly sensitive.

This often subsides on its own, but to help ease the symptoms you can use over-the-counter pain medications or topical treatments meant to numb or desensitize the teeth and gums.

When it comes to your braces, you shouldn't encounter any of these problems if you take care to follow your orthodontist's instructions and advice.

If you do have a question about your braces, call Hass Family Orthodontics at 828-464-5300. Dr. Andrew Hass and his expert staff have transformed countless smiles in Conover, North Carolina, and we can help you achieve a beautiful smile as well.