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Emergency Orthodontic Care
Braces for Children, Teens and Adults

True orthodontic emergencies are rare, but when they occur we are available to help you. As a general rule, you should call our office when you experience severe pain or have a painful appliance problem. We’ll schedule an appointment to resolve the problem as soon as possible.

You may be surprised to learn that many orthodontic issues can be remedied at home until you can visit our office. After alleviating your discomfort, it is very important that you still call our office as soon as possible to schedule a time to repair the problem. Allowing your braces or appliance to remain damaged for an extended period of time may result in disruptions to your treatment plan.

General soreness

When you get your braces on, you may feel general soreness in your mouth, and teeth may be tender to biting pressures for three to five days. Stick to a soft diet until your teeth do not hurt to chew.

Irritated gums and other sore spots can be relieved by rinsing your mouth with a warm salt-water mouthwash using a solution of one teaspoonful of salt dissolved in an eight ounce glass of warm water. Then, rinse your mouth vigorously.

If the tenderness is severe, take acetaminophen or whatever you normally take for headache or similar pain relief.

The lips, cheeks and tongue may become irritated for one to two weeks as they learn a new posture and become accustomed to the surface of the braces. You can put wax on the braces to help protect the area.

Loose bracket

If your bracket or band is still attached to the wire, you should leave it in place and put wax on it if needed for comfort. If the bracket or band can be removed easily, place it in an envelope and save it to bring to your next appointment.

Loose wire

Using a pair of tweezers or needle nose pliers, try to put your wire back into place in the bracket. It is ok to use a piece of floss to tie the wire into place. If you cannot put the wire into a comfortable position, as a last resort, use a small fingernail clipper to clip the wire behind the last tooth where it is securely fastened. If the end of the wire is still sharp place, wax on it.

Poking wire

Using a pencil eraser, push the protruding wire down into place. Then, place wax on it so that it no longer pokes or irritates your gums.

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