While orthodontic emergencies are unusual, they can occur. Knowing what constitutes an orthodontic emergency, and how to proceed if you find yourself dealing with one, will help you get it resolved with as little pain and stress as possible.
In general, you should make an emergency appointment when you are experiencing:
- severe pain
- a loose band
- a broken wire
- something sticking out that you can't take care of yourself
It's very helpful to know the names of the different parts of your appliances.
That way, when you phone the office, you'll be able to identify what part is broken or out of place.
When you first get braces, a small amount of soreness or discomfort is completely normal. It's also common to feel a bit sore after an adjustment appointment.
If you're only experiencing mild discomfort, try a saltwater rinse. Dissolve one teaspoonful of salt in 8 ounces of warm water, and rinse your mouth with this solution vigorously.
Otherwise, you can take a Tylonol, or your preferred over-the-counter painkiller, as you would for a headache.
If, after trying these options, you are still in a significant amount of pain, call our office. There may be some damage to, or problem with, your orthodontic appliances.
Wires & Bands
Wires and bands can occasionally come loose, so don't be alarmed.
If a wire is protruding and is irritating the inside of your mouth, use a blunt instrument (such as the back of a spoon or the eraser end of a pencil) and gently, cautiously push the irritating wire under the archwire; simply get it out of the way for now.
If it continues to irritate your lips or mouth, apply wax or a wet cotton ball on the wire to help reduce the annoyance.
Call our office to book an appointment to check and repair your orthodontic appliances.
If a piece becomes detached, save it and bring it with you to your appointment.