There are very few true orthodontic emergencies. Most problems can be remedied at home. However, if you have a situation that you cannot resolve on your own, call us as soon as possible, so we can fit you in for a repair appointment. In the meantime, this information can help resolve minor problems you may encounter during your orthodontic treatment.
If your teeth are sore after a visit… You may take acetaminophen or other non-aspirin pain relievers while you adjust to your new braces. A warm wash cloth, heating pad or warm salt water rinses may reduce the soreness in your jaws.
If your braces cause irritation….Try moving the wire away from the irritated area with a cotton swab or a pencil eraser. If the wire will not move, try covering the end of it with a small piece of cotton or a small amount of wax. If the wire is painful, you can cut it with nail clippers or scissors.
If the main wire or a bracket comes loose…. First, call our office to see if the bracket needs to be re-bonded. If you have a situation where you must cut the wire or slide a bracket off the wire, you may use fingernail clippers. Please call our office on the next business day to schedule a repair appointment.
If a separator comes out…. Call our office to see if it needs to be replaced. Some patients may lose a separator during treatment, which is common.
Loose Braces or Poking Wires
Call our office for advice if a brace or wire is loosened. The bracket will need to be repaired sooner rather then later as to not delay treatment. As teeth move the wire may poke out in the back and cause some discomfort. When this happens please call the office and we will find a time in our schedule to get things put back together. It is necessary to have an appointment for this procedure. If you have a loose brace or poking wire and it is after regular business hours or on a weekend you can use orthodontic wax to give you some relief until we are back in the office. IF you are unable to get relief by using the wax you can clip the wire with a pair of hard wire clippers. You can find wire clippers at a craft store or automotive store. Be careful not to pinch your lip with the clippers. Applying brace relief gel will give temporary relief to a sore in the mouth that a wire or brace has caused.
Discomfort with Orthodontic Treatment
After your braces are placed you will feel some soreness or discomfort. You should take ibuprofen and may use a warm cloth or heating pad to reduce soreness in your jaws.