According to the American Association of Orthodontists, more than four million Americans wear braces. People have been wearing the metal dental braces we know today for over a century ago. They still remain popular even with the current alternatives, which include Invisalign.

People who wear braces may experience discomfort in their mouth including when the braces break or become loose. However, most of the problems have home remedies for relief while others might need the attention of your family dentist. 

Below, we look at common problems people with metal dental braces face and how best to fix them.


After getting metal braces, you may experience soreness for a few days, which is common. You can relieve this by holding a cloth with ice against your cheeks at intervals of five to ten minutes. You can also use over-the-counter medication or mix some salt and water, then use to rinse your mouth.


When you eat with braces on, some food might get stuck in them. The area where the food sticks will then be discolored. Also, when removing the braces, it is common to have some patches of stains around the places that brackets are attached to the teeth. This can be alleviated by having a teeth whitening procedure.

Bad breath

It’s not easy to clean teeth with braces. You might experience bad breath more frequently due to slight, improper oral hygiene and bad eating habits. To avoid bad breath, maintain good oral hygiene, and avoid foods with strong odors. You can also use mouthwash or chew a flavored piece of gum.

Loose bracket

The bracket is attached to the enamel of your teeth. When you bite something hard, the bracket may become loose or broken, causing excruciating pain. When this happens, you can apply dental wax on the area affected to ease the pain. Schedule an appointment immediately with your dentist to have the brackets fixed.

Loose band

If you notice the band is loose or has come out, you should schedule an appointment with your dentist to have it fixed. Meanwhile, keep it in a place free of germs.

Broken wire

If any small part of a wire comes out, you can easily use tweezers at home to push it back in place. However, if the whole wire comes out, you should schedule an appointment with your dentist to fix it.