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 ensure that you get it resolved with a minimum of pain and stress.
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 salt water 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 right away. There may be some damage to, or problem with, your orthodontic appliances.
Wires and bands can occasionally come loose, so don't be alarmed.
If 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 reduce the annoyance.
Call our office as soon as you can for an appointment to check and repair your orthodontic appliances.
If a piece becomes detached, save it and bring it with you to your appointment.
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