Oral Hygiene

Emergency Info

Discomfort with orthodontic treatment
When you first get your braces placed or after routine adjustments, you may feel general soreness, and teeth may be tender. We recommend you take acetaminophen or non-aspirin pain relievers. Typically, the soreness only lasts 2-4 days.

Comfort guide to having braces
Orthodontic emergencies are rare, but occasionally the following issues may arise during your orthodontic treatment. For problem resolution, please refer to the guide below. Some instances will require you to be seen in our office, while others less critical may be resolved at home. If you have any questions please call our office. We are always here to help make your experience comfortable and enjoyable.

Loose separator
If you lose a separator do not worry, but please call our office so we can determine if the separator needs to be replaced or if it can wait until your next appointment. If it falls out more than 1-2 days before your appointment, it likely needs to be replaced.

Loose bracket
On occasion, you may have a bracket or band come loose. Please call our office and we will schedule an appointment to re-glue the bracket or band. If it is not causing you any irritation or soreness you can leave it where it is. If you have any soreness or irritation, you can leave it where it is, remove the loose bracket or band and save it in a Ziploc bag and bring it to our office. Even if your next appointment is scheduled that day or week please call us so that we may allow enough time to re-glue. Stop wearing any rubber bands until we can repair your bracket or band.

Wire poke
Use a pencil eraser, push the poking wire down so that it is no longer poking and is out of the way, or cover it with wax. If you are unsuccessful, use nail clippers or wire cutters to cut the wire. Please call our office if you are unable to make it comfortable.

Wire slipped out of molar tube
Try using tweezers or needle-nose pliers and gently bend the wire back into the molar tube. If you are unable to get the wire back in place, cut the wire with nail clippers.

Mouth sores and ulcers
Occasionally expect that your cheeks and lips may become irritated due to orthodontic appliances or braces. You will eventually build up a callous. If an ulcer forms, use orthodontic wax on the braces that seem to be causing the problem. Take a small piece, roll it between your finger tips to a tiny ball and stick it directly over the braces. You may apply Orabase directly to the ulcer to aid in healing. Unfortunately, ulcers normally take 7-10 days to heal. We also recommend using warm salt water rinses to help with healing.

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