How can I help control my child's pain related to a wire dental retainer?

Your child should not feel any pain with a wire dental retainer. If your child feels pain from a sharp wire or piece of glue, you should call your orthodontist to get the retainer repositioned and reglued. In the meantime, you can put a piece of dental wax over the sharp area that is causing discomfort. If you don’t have dental wax from the time your child had braces, you can buy some at a drugstore. You can also try using tweezers to bend the wire back into place.

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