In this page some helpful hints are provided which can be handy in resolving some minor problems you might come across while you are mastering the world of braces.

Helpful hints in Oral Hygiene:

Always brush with a soft bristle toothbrush after every meals.

Should you have sores, keep an excellent hygiene and use Proxyl mouth rinse
Brush for at least 10 Minutes once a day ( it feels like an eternity).
Floss once a day to get out all the stuff your toothbrush misses.
Electric tooth brushes such as Sonicare could help in improving the end-result.
Water pick could also be used to help in cleaning your teeth and stimulating your gums.
Use a fluoride gel such as GelKam daily to reduce the chance of getting cavities.
Avoid foods / candies loaded with sugar.
If food becomes stuck between your teeth, use dental floss or a small proxy brush to dislodge the food. It sometimes helps to tie a small knot in the middle of the floss and then slide the floss back and forth between the teeth.
Make sure you have a cleaning and check up by your family dentist at least twice per year.
Avoid any hard or sticky food. (Gum, Caramel, Whole Apple, Nuts, Pop corn, Bagels, Pizza Crust, Carrots, Corn on the cob)
Other hints in handling Braces:
Protect your smile and wear a mouth guard during contact sports.
Ask about a night guard if you grind your teeth.
If a wire is causing irritation, try pushing the wire away from the area being irritated using the eraser end of a pencil or a Q-tip. If the wire cannot be tucked in, cover the end of the wire with a small piece of wax, a cotton ball, or a piece of sugarless gum, until you can see your orthodontist for an adjustment. Cutting the wire should only be done at extreme cases upon consulting your orthodontist.
If the main wire is loose and has come out of the tube or pipe on the back molar tooth, you may attempt to reinsert the wire with a pair of needle nosed pliers or tweezers. If you are having a difficult time and the wire is not sticking you, place a piece of wax over the area. If the wire is sticking you and wax does not help, the wire can be cut with a small wire cutter or toenail clipper close to the back of the last brace. Cutting the wire should only be done as a last resort.
If a bracket is loose, in most cases, it will remain connected to the main wire by a little rubber ring. You may use a pair of tweezers to reposition or remove the brace if it flips around the wire and causes irritation. Call your orthodontist's office to inform them of your situation.
If a piece of your braces breaks, save the piece and call your orthodontist office to inform them.
If you swallow a piece of your appliances, try to remain calm. A swallowed piece will usually go in the stomach and pass out. However, if difficulty breathing is experienced, you should seek immediate medical attention. X-rays can determine the position of the swallowed piece if necessary.
If your teeth are sore after a monthly visit at your orthodontist, take Tylenol unless you are allergic. Rinsing your mouth with warm salt water or Peroxyl Oral Rinse can also be soothing. If you teeth becomes sore suddenly in the middle of the month, consult your orthodontist.
If you have sores or cut inside of your cheek, gums or tongue, as long as there is no continuous bleeding, you could use antiseptic oral rinse such as Peroxyl to sooth the discomfort.
If you break off part of your tooth, locate the broken piece and take it to your dentist immediately.
If a permanent tooth is loose, call your orthodontist to discuss the movement. A little movement is normal when wearing braces, but if a tooth can be pushed up in the gums with just finger pressure, that is unusual.
If a permanent tooth is knocked out of your mouth completely, pick the tooth up by its top or crown, not by its root. Call your dentist for an emergency visit. consult your dentist. In case there is no immediate access to your dentist proceed with repositioning the tooth in place if possible. Inspect the tooth. If the tooth is clean, attempt to place the tooth back into its socket. If the tooth is dirty, rinse the tooth off in a cup of water or milk before placing it back in its socket. Do not scrub the tooth. Compare the appearance of the tooth to neighboring teeth to make sure the tooth is not turned around backward. Hold the tooth in its socket and immediately go to your dentist. If it is not possible for you to reinsert the tooth in its socket, place the tooth in a container of milk or water and carry it to your dentist immediately. If the tooth remains outside of the mouth for a long time, it will not survive.
If you think that you have a broken jaw, immobilize the jaw by any means (handkerchief, necktie, towel). If swelling is present, apply cold compresses. Call your dentist or go immediately to a hospital emergency room. Have relatives bring any picture of your smile to the hospital to aid the surgeons in re-establishing your bite and smile.