True orthodontic emergencies are rare, but if they occur we will be there for you. As a general rule, you should call our office when you experience severe pain or have a painful appliance problem that you have difficulty fixing at home. We will schedule you right away.
You can solve many problems yourself temporarily until you can get to our office. If there is a loose piece that you can remove, bring it with you to your next appointment. If your braces are poking you, put soft wax on the piece that’s sticking out. If the wire has slid to one side, you can pull it back to the other side with needle-nosed pliers, replacing it in the tube on the back tooth.
After alleviating your discomfort, please 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 disruptions to your treatment plan.
Soreness Caused from Braces and Appliances
When you get your braces on, you may feel general soreness in your mouth, and teeth may be tender to biting pressures for three to five days. Stick to a soft diet until your teeth do not hurt. This is perfectly normal and we promise your mouth will not be sore forever. To relieve any pain, we recommend dissolving one teaspoon of salt in eight ounces of lukewarm water; swish, gargle, and do not swallow.
The lips, cheeks, and tongue may become irritated for one to two weeks as they learn a new posture and become accustomed to the surface of the braces. We would be happy to give you orthodontic wax to put over the braces to lessen the tenderness. Don’t worry—we’ll show you how it works!
Discomfort is caused by not wearing the rubber bands as instructed. Elastics become more comfortable the more you wear them, so be sure to follow the instructions provided by your orthodontic technician.
Loose Wires and Bands
The wires and bands on your braces may come loose. If this happens, please contact us in order to schedule an appointment so we can fix them.
You can temporarily fix a loose wire by using the back of a spoon, tweezers, or the eraser end of a pencil to carefully, gently push the wire back into place. If the loose wire is causing irritation to your lips or cheeks, use wax or a wet cotton ball over the broken wire to relieve the pain.
As a last resort, use a small fingernail clipper to clip the wire behind the last tooth to which it is securely fastened.