Fortunately, orthodontic emergencies are very rare. When they do occur, contact our office so we can discuss the nature of the problem. At this point, we can help guide you over the phone or schedule an appointment to resolve the problem.
The most common problems with braces include: wire irritation, loose brackets, and lost separators. If any of these problems occur, call our office and we will schedule you for a repair appointment. Allowing your orthodontic appliance to remain damaged or uncomfortable for an extended time period may result in disruptions in your treatment plan.
In the meantime, the following solutions may help to relieve the discomfort.
If a bracket becomes loose, it will need to be reattached. Call our office to schedule an appointment. If your bracket is still attached to the wire, you should leave it in place and put wax on it. If there are any loose pieces, save the loose pieces and bring it with you to your appointment.
If a wire becomes disconnected or is poking, it may cause some discomfort. Use a pencil eraser to push the poking wire downwards or place wax on it to alleviate the discomfort. If this does not help, you may need to clip the offending part of the wire using small scissors or clippers that have been washed in warm soapy water and disinfected in alcohol.
In the first week after your braces are placed and after routine adjustment appointments you may feel some soreness or discomfort. This sensitivity varies from patient to patient can last a few days. Over the counter painrelievers will typically ease discomfort. Children should never take medication unless under the direction of an adult. Warm salt water rinses can also be comforting.
The cheeks, lips, and tongue may also become irritated as become accustomed to the surface of the braces. Adding wax to the wire in the area of soreness will help the tissues heal.