Orthodontic emergencies are unlikely, but if and when they occur we are a phone call away. If you are experiencing severe pain or are having a problem with your appliance and find that the problem cannot be resolved at home, please call us. We will fit you in our schedule to quickly resolve the issue.
There are many orthodontic issues that you can resolve at home until you are able to be seen at our office. It is very important that you still call our office as soon as possible to schedule a time to repair the problem. Allowing your appliance to remain damaged for an extended period of time may result in prolonging your treatment plan.
When you get your braces on, you may feel general soreness in your mouth. This is due to the braces and wires doing their job. If pain is severe, take a non-aspirin pain reliever or whatever you normally take for similar pain. Stick to a soft diet until your teeth do not hurt while chewing. Irritated gums and other sore spots can be relieved by rinsing your mouth with a warm salt-water rinse. Dissolve one teaspoonful of salt in eight ounces of warm water, and rinse. Placing Orabase on the affected area may also help relieve discomfort (Orabase can be found in your local pharmacy).
If your lips or cheeks become irritated from the braces you can put wax on the offending part to relieve the discomfort.
If your appliance is poking you, place wax on the offending part.
If a bracket or band becomes loose but is still attached to the wire, you should leave it in place and put wax on it. Contact our office for a repair appointment.
Using a pencil eraser, push the poking wire down or place wax on it so that it is no longer poking.