True orthodontic emergencies are rare. In most cases, what feels like an emergency is a simple mishap that you can either resolve at home or have fixed at an emergency appointment.
Should you experience a genuine emergency, head directly to the emergency room, then contact us when you are able to. For non-emergency situations, consider the suggestions below.
Braces should never be painful, but they can cause soreness. Tenderness will last for three to five days and you can make it easier by sticking to soft foods. For irritation, use dental wax on the offending spot until your mouth adjusts. Over the counter pain relievers and saltwater rinses can also help.
If your appliance is poking you, place wax on the offending part.
Using tweezers that have been sterilized, try to push the wire back into place. You can tie it with floss if needed. If you cannot get it into place, you can clip it just past the last tooth where it is securely fastened. Then call us so we can repair your wire.
Headgear discomfort is generally caused by not wearing it as directed. Wearing it less often or in the wrong way will cause pain. If you are following directions and still experiencing problems, the facebow may be bent. Contact us for assistance.
If your bracket or band is loose but still attached to the wire, place wax on it to hold it in place enough to not irritate you. Then, call us. If it has come off, keep it safe and contact us. We will need to repair this as soon as possible.
Use a pencil, taking the clean eraser end and push the poking wire down. Place wax on the end for extra comfort, then call us so we can determine if another solution is needed.