True orthodontic emergencies are very rare, but when they do occur we are available for you. As a general rule, you should call the office when you experience severe pain or when you have a painful appliance problem that you can’t take care of yourself. We can easily schedule an appointment to help you resolve the problem.
You may be able to temporarily solve many problems yourself until you can schedule an appointment with our office. When working with your appliances, you need to know the names of the parts of your appliances so you are able to identify what part is broken or out of place. Even if you temporarily resolve the problem, it is very important that you still call our office as soon as possible to schedule a time to truly repair the problem. Allowing your appliance to remain damaged for an extended period of time may result in disruptions in your treatment plan.
When you get your braces on or after monthly appointments, you may feel some soreness in your mouth and teeth may be tender to biting pressures. This should only last for a few days, but if the tenderness is severe, take aspirin or whatever you normally take for headache or similar pain.
At the beginning, your lips, cheeks and tongue may become irritated as they become accustomed to the surface of the braces. You can put wax on the braces to lessen this.
If any part of your appliance is loose or poking you, place wax to alleviate the issue and call our office to schedule a repair appointment.
If you notice that one of your brackets or bands have become loose and is still attached to the wire, you should leave it in place and stabilize it with wax. If the bracket comes out entirely, wrap it with a tissue and bring it to our office.
If the wire becomes loose, the first option should be to come into our office so that we can correctly place it back to where it should be. If you are unable to do this, and as a last resort, use a small fingernail clipper to clip the wire behind the last tooth to which it is securely fastened.
Using a pencil eraser, push the poking wire down or into its original position until it is no longer irritating the surrounding tissue. You can also place wax on it to stop the irritation.