Orthodontic emergencies can happen when you least expect them. If you are currently experiencing an orthodontic emergency and are in pain, call our office immediately. We will schedule you to come in to fix your appliance.
Oftentimes, you can fix problems with your brackets and wires at home. Below are some ways to fix common problems.
Are your braces making you sore?
After you get your braces or get a new set of Invisalign aligners, your teeth may feel sore for a couple of days. To help ease any discomfort, you can take any over-the-counter, non-aspirin pain medication while your teeth and gums adjust to your braces. You can also try applying a heating pad or warm wash cloth to your jaw area.
Are the wires irritating your mouth?
Different wires for braces can cause irritation on the inside of your mouth. To move the wire away, you can use a cotton ball or the end of an eraser. If you’re unable to move the wire on your own, cover the wire with a small piece of wax or cotton. If you are in pain, cut the extra wire with nail clippers and call our office, and we can adjust your appliance for you.
Are your brackets or bands loose?
If your brackets or bands are loose, call our office to schedule an appointment as soon as you can. We may need to refit your bracket. If the loosened appliance is causing discomfort, clip the extra wire with nail clippers or cover the end of the wire with wax or cotton until you can come in to your office.
Did you lose a separator?
First: don’t panic! Many patients lose a separator at some point during their treatment. If this happens to you, call our office at your earliest convenience. We can determine if you need to come in to have it replaced or not.