Orthodontic emergencies aren’t very common, but they can cause a significant amount of pain when they do happen. Generally, you should contact us whenever you experience significant pain or have an orthodontic appliance problem that you can’t take care of yourself. We’ll be able to schedule an appointment for you to help eliminate and care for the problem.
There are many ways that you may be able to solve problems temporarily to tide you over until you can get into the office. If the appliances have a loose piece that is safely removable, you should place it in a safe location and bring it to your appointment. If your braces are poking into your cheeks or gums, you can place orthodontic wax on the offending piece. If the wire has slid to a side of your mouth, you can pull it back into place with pliers.
Even if you have managed to alleviate the pain, it is still important to contact our office immediately to schedule a time to fix the existing problem. Damaged appliances can cause your orthodontic treatment to take longer.
After obtaining braces, general soreness is extremely common. This typically lists for three to five days. You should try to eat only soft foods until your teeth cease to hurt. Other kinds of pain can be eliminated by rinsing with a warm salt-water solution. If the tenderness is severe, it may be necessary to take pain medication.
The inside of the mouth may become irritated for a few weeks after obtaining braces. This will cease once your mouth has had a chance to adjust to the new, rough surface of the braces. Placing wax over the braces can help eliminate this irritation.
Loose Appliances, Brackets, or Wires
If the appliance is poking into the inside of your mouth, you should place wax over the loose piece. If a bracket becomes loose, but is still attached to the wire, it should be left alone until you can come into our office. Placing wax on it will help eliminate the irritation. If it can be removed, you should place the loose bracket in a safe place and bring it to your next appointment.
If a wire becomes loose, you can use a pair of tweezers to maneuver it back into its proper place. If this isn’t possible and covering the loose wire with wax doesn’t help, you can use a fingernail clipper to clip off the loose wire where it ceases to be securely fastened. This should only be done as a last resort. If the wire is poking the inside of your mouth, you can place wax or gum over it.