By Mayo Clinic Staff

If a wire is causing irritation, try pushing the wire away from the area being irritated using the eraser end of a pencil, or the end of a spoon. If the wire cannot be tucked in, cover the end of the wire with a small piece of wax.

If your teeth are sore after a regular visit at your orthodontist, he/she may suggest mild pain medications. Rinsing your mouth with a teaspoon of salt dissolved in a glass of warm water can also be soothing.

If food becomes stuck between your teeth, use dental floss or a proxy brush to dislodge the food.

If a piece of your appliance breaks, save the piece and call your orthodontist to schedule a repair visit.

If a retainer cracks, immediately call for an appointment and bring it to your orthodontist for a professional repair.