Emergency Care

True orthodontic emergencies are not common at all, but we are here for you if you find yourself experiencing one. Call our office if you have extreme discomfort or an unpleasant appliance issue that you can’t figure out how to fix yourself. We’ll be able to book a repair appointment.
You may be able to temporarily alleviate many issues yourself until you can come to our office. If you can remove a loose piece, place it in a plastic bag or envelope and bring it to your next visit. If your braces poke you, use soft wax on the protruding part. If the wire has moved to one side, use needle-nose pliers to reposition it in the tube on the back tooth.
After easing your pain, please contact our office as soon as possible to arrange a repair. Allowing your appliance to be broken for too long may cause treatment difficulties.


GENERAL SORENESS

WFor three to five days after getting braces, your mouth may experience soreness and your teeth may be sensitive to biting pressure. Eat soft foods till chewing hurts. Rinse your mouth with warm salt water to soothe irritated gums and other sensitive places. Rinse your mouth with one teaspoon salt in eight ounces warm water. The discomfort should be relieved by taking Tylenol or any other pain reliever you typically use. Please be aware that some pain relivers including Ibuprofen, and Naproxen Sodium (Naprosyn, Anaprox) all decrease tooth movement and should not be used regularly when wearing braces.

For one to two weeks, the lips, cheeks, and tongue may get sore as they adjust to a new posture and become acclimated to the braces’ surface. You may mitigate this by applying wax on the braces. We’ll show you the best technique for applying wax!

HEADGEAR

With headgear, the best strategy to avoid pain is to wear it as prescribed, the more you wear it the less uncomfortable it should be. If the facebow (metal piece) is bent, please call our office for assistance.

LOOSE APPLIANCE

If your appliance pokes you, apply wax to the part causing the irritation.

LOOSE BRACKET

If your bracket or band remains attached to the wire, you should leave it in place and cover it with wax to avoid further irritation. If you can easily remove the bracket or band, store it in an envelope and keep it for your next visit.

LOOSE WIRE

Using tweezers or needle-nosed pliers, attempt to reattach your wire. It is OK to secure the wire using a piece of floss: wrap the floss around the bracket in lieu of the missing colored o-ring. If you are unable to place the wire comfortably and covering the end with wax does not assist, use a small fingernail clipper to snip the wire behind the final tooth to which it is securely secured as a last option. If the wire’s end is still sharp, apply wax to it.

POKING WIRE

Using a pencil eraser, press the protruding wire down or cover it with wax to prevent it from poking.