While true orthodontic emergencies are rare, we are here to assist you when they arise. Here are some guidelines for handling common orthodontic issues:
Severe Pain: If you experience severe pain or have a painful appliance problem that you cannot resolve yourself, please contact our office. We will schedule an appointment to address the issue.
Temporary Self-Help: In some cases, you can temporarily address the problem until your appointment. If you can remove a loose piece, store it safely and bring it with you. For poking braces, use soft wax for relief. If a wire shifts, gently move it back with needle-nosed pliers.
Immediate Attention: Even if you’ve alleviated discomfort, it’s crucial to contact our office promptly to arrange a repair appointment. Prolonging damage may disrupt your treatment plan.
General Soreness: After getting braces, you may experience soreness for a few days. Stick to a soft diet and rinse your mouth with warm saltwater. Avoid aspirin, ibuprofen, or naproxen sodium, as they can slow tooth movement. Wax and over-the-counter pain relievers like Acetaminophen may help.
Irritated Soft Tissues: Lips, cheeks, and tongue may get irritated initially. We can provide wax to alleviate this discomfort.
Loose Appliance: If an appliance is poking you, apply wax to the uncomfortable part.
Loose Bracket: If a bracket or band remains attached to the wire, leave it in place and apply wax for comfort. If it can be removed easily, keep it in an envelope for your next appointment.
Loose Wire: Try to reposition the wire using tweezers or floss to tie it in place temporarily. If unsuccessful, use small fingernail clippers as a last resort. If the wire is sharp, apply wax.
Poking Wire: Gently push down on a poking wire with a pencil eraser or use wax to prevent irritation.