True Ortodontic emergencies are rare, but when occur we are available to you. As a general rule, you should call our office when you experience severe pain or have a painful applience problem you cant take care of yourself. We'll be able to schedule an appointment to resolve the problem.
You might be surprised to learn that you may be albe to solve many problem yourself temporarily until you can get to our office. If there is a loose piece hat you can remove, put it in a plastic bag or envelope and bring it with you to your next appoinyment. If your braces are poking you, put soft wax on the poeice that's sticking out . If the wire has slid to one side, you can pull it to the other side with needle-nosed pliers, replace it in the tube in the back tooth.
When you get braces on, you may feel general soreness in your mouth and teeth may be tender to biting presure 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 releived by rising your mouth with warm0salt watered mouthwash. Dissolve one teaspoonful of salt in eight ounce of water , and rinse your mouth vigorously. If the tender is severe, take Acetaminophen(Tylenol) or what ever you take for headaches or similar pain.
The lips, cheeks, and tongue may become irritated for one or two weeks as they learn new posture and become accustomed to tthe surface of the braces. You can put wax on the braces to leesen this.
If your appliance is poking you, place wax on the offending part.
If your braket 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 it to the next visit.
Using a pair of tweezers or needle-nosed pleirs, try to put the wire back into palce. If you cannot put the wire back into comfort position, and covering the end with was doesn't help , as a last resort use a small fingernail clipper to clip the wire behind the last tooth to which it is securely fastened. If the end of the wire is still sharp place a wax on it.
Using a pencil eraser, push the poking wire down or place a wax on it so that it is no longer poking.