Genuine orthodontic emergencies are actually quite rare, but we're ready to assist when they do occur. When you first receive an orthodontic appliance at Art of Smile - Center for Cosmetic Orthodontics, we provide you with a kit that can manage most of the common problems people experience with orthodontic appliances. But for more severe problems, you may need to come into our office.
Common Orthodontic Emergencies
Poking wires and loose brackets compose some of the more common orthodontic problems. Come into our office within the week and we can fix them up!
Patients who play sports or other physical activities must remember to wear a mouthguard to protect their orthodontic appliances. Also, make sure to practice good oral hygiene, caring for both your teeth and your appliances. Simply doing these things prevents many problems.
Remedies and Interim Care for Minor Orthodontic Problems
If you experience any of the following problems, contact us so we can examine and fix your orthodontic appliance. Don't delay, as appliances that stay damaged for too long can disrupt your treatment plan. It is also important for you to know the names of the parts of the appliance so you can identify which parts are broken or lost.
You may experience some soreness in your mouth and tenderness in your teeth when you first get your braces and after adjustments. Washing your mouth out with warm salt water (1 teaspoon of salt and 8 ounces of warm water) can alleviate this. Pain or headache relief medication can work if the tenderness is more severe. If the pain continues, contact us.
Your tongue, cheeks, and lips can also become irritated for a week or two as they toughen and get used to the surface of your new braces. Putting wax on the braces lessens this. We'll show you how to do this when you receive your kit at the appointment where we place your appliance.
If the wire is poking your gums or cheek, you can push it down with a pencil eraser or a similar object. You can also alleviate the irritation by putting wax on it. If this problem persists or the discomfort is severe, contact us for an appointment.
If a wire becomes loose, you can try to put it back into place with tweezers or alleviate the discomfort with wax. If neither one works, clip the wire behind the last tooth it's fastened to. Put wax on it if the irritation persists, then contact us to set up an appointment.
If the band or bracket is still attached to the wire, it's best to leave it in place and put wax on it. If the wire comes out completely, wrap the bracket in a tissue, and we'll schedule an appointment to examine and repair it.
If the appliance loosens and starts poking you, put wax on the part that's rubbing against your gum or cheek until you're able to come in for an appointment.
For more information, please contact our office at 267-703-7877.