True orthodontic emergencies are rare and many problems can be solved without having to make an appointment. You will find that wax and Tylenol can go a long way in solving common orthodontic discomforts. If you ever experience severe pain or have questions, make an appointment and we will help remedy the issue. Just remember, if you aren’t sure how to solve an issue with your braces, give us a call. We are always happy to help.
If you experience soreness from your braces try gargling warm salt water to relieve the discomfort. If pain continues, take Tylenol as directed. If you are experiencing discomfort from your headgear, it is likely that you are not wearing it for the prescribed amount of time. If you unsure how long per day to wear your headgear, give us a call. We will be happy to help.
Broken or damaged archwire, hooks, headgear, or retainer
If any of the above has been damaged call our office to schedule an appointment. Ignoring the issues could lead to poor teeth alignment and may mean more time for readjustments. If your headgear does not fit or the wire is bent call for an appointment.
Loose Bracket or Band
Brackets or bands that are loose but still attached to the wire should be left in place. To alleviate pain or discomfort, use wax to cover the problem area. You should not use headgear or elastic bands with any loose pieces. If a bracket or band falls off, hang on to it and bring it in to your next orthodontist appointment or call to make an appointment right away.
Wires that have become dislodged from the bracket tube can stick into your gums and cause irritation. Using a clean pair of tweezers, try guiding the wire back into place. Give us a call if you are unable to maneuver the wire back in place. We can set up an appointment to readjust the wire.
Painful, Poking Wires
For wires that stick out and poke your gums, try use a pencil eraser, spoon, or the back of your fingernail to bend it back in place or away from the gums. If irritation continues, use a cotton ball or napkin to dry the area and place wax over the extended wire. In a pinch, if you do not have any wax, wet cotton can be placed over the affected area as well. If the wire continues to cause discomfort, call to make an appointment.
Lost Wire or Ties
If you have lost a tie wire or elastic tie, call right away to see if you need to make an appointment or be sure to let the orthodontist or assistants know about any lost pieces at your next appointment. If the lost pieces cause discomfort, use wax for any protruding parts or take a mild painkiller such as Tylenol.
Mouth Related Accidents
If you have an accident that involves your jaw or teeth, make an appointment right away. We will take a look to make sure your teeth and braces are in good shape.