Orthodontic Emergency and Comfort Care Information
There are very few true orthodontic emergencies. Most problems can be remedied at home. If you break or loosen any of your appliances, call us before stopping by the office. This will allow us to create a time to see you. If you have a regular appointment scheduled, call us so we can lengthen your appointment.
To aid you in common problems that may occur during orthodontic treatment, we have provided a list of remedies that can help you resolve minor problems that you may encounter during your orthodontic treatment.
Orthodontic Emergency Home Remedies
Loose Brackets or Bands
If a bracket or band is loose it may need to be re-fitted at your next appointment. As a temporary solution, removing the tie from around the bracket will allow you to remove a loose bracket from the wire. If you are unable to remove the tie from the bracket, cutting the wire and sliding the bracket off is an option. If you need to cut a wire, you may use fingernail clippers that have been sterilized in alcohol. Cut the wire as close to the next secure bracket as possible, then slide the bracket off. Place wax over wire that may be hanging or poking. Call our office so we can schedule an appointment for you.
Sometimes discomfort caused by a wire can be resolved by moving the wire away from the irritated area with a cotton swab. If the wire comes out of the hole on the band (the silver ring around the last tooth), try using tweezers to thread the wire back through the band. If the wire will not move, or if you cannot get the wire into the hole on the band, try covering the end of the wire with a small piece of wax. If the wire is poking, you can cut it with nail clippers that have been sterilized in alcohol. If you cannot resolve the wire irritation, call our office for an appointment.
Separators are placed in-between the patient’s teeth to create space for bands or an appliance. As the teeth move apart it is common for a separator to fall out. Don’t worry, things will be fine. Give the office a call to see if the separator needs to be replaced.
Discomfort with Orthodontic Treatment
During the first week after your braces are placed and after routine adjustments, you will likely feel some tenderness. You may take Tylenol, Advil, or other non-aspirin pain relievers while you adjust. A warm wash cloth placed on your cheeks may also reduce the soreness.
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