Life With Braces

Emergency Care

Orthodontic emergencies are rare, but when they do occur rest assured we are available to you. Please call the office if you experience severe pain or have an appliance problem you cannot take care of yourself. Many problems you may experience can be temporarily solved yourself until your next scheduled visit. However, please call our office as soon as a possible to see if you need to be seen sooner to repair the problem. Extended periods of time with damaged appliances could result in extended time needed to wear the appliance(s). **If you are ever unsure of the severity of the problem or are experiencing severe pain please call the office, even after normal business hours. Here are a few tips our patients have found to be helpful:

  • General Soreness:

    When you first get your braces on, your mouth and teeth may be sore for a few days. Warm salt water rinses can help with this soreness. If the tenderness is bothersome you can take whatever pain reliever you take for a headache or similar pain. Wax placed on the brackets or wires is helpful in alleviating irritated areas on the lips, cheeks and tongue until the tissue becomes tough and accustomed to the braces. Chewing sugarless gum can also work out some soreness in the teeth and jaws.

  • Poking Wire:

    A pencil eraser can be used to push the poking wire down or place wax on the wire to prevent contact with the inside of your mouth. Sugarless chewing gum also works well to temporarily pad a sharp area.

  • Loose Bracket or Band:

    If the bracket or band is still attached to the wire, leave it in place and protect the area with wax. If the bracket comes off of the wire and the tooth, put it in a baggie and bring it with you to your next appointment.

  • Loose Wire:

    Try to put the wire back into place using tweezers. If this is not possible, use fingernail clippers to clip the wire behind the last tooth to which it is securely fastened. Wax is usually helpful for areas that have experienced discomfort.