We are always here to help when you need us! In the event of an orthodontic emergency such as a broken appliance or you experience intense oral pain, please call us immediately. We will do our best to get you in that day for an appointment. Do not hesitate even if you have an upcoming appointment on another day in this situation.
Since most orthodontic problems can be treated at home, here are some helpful tips while you await your appointment.
It is common to lose a separator at some point during your treatment. Do not panic, but please give us a call. We will let you know if it needs to be replaced.
Sore Teeth/Discomfort Following Treatment
Soreness is normal after receiving your braces or after an adjustment. To relieve the pain, you may take Tylenol or other non-aspirin pain relievers. You may also make a saltwater gargle by dissolving a teaspoon of salt in eight ounces of lukewarm water. If your jaws are sore, try using a heating pad or warm wash cloth.
Unfortunately, mouth sores inside the cheeks, on the lips, or on your tongue is common from the brackets on traditional braces. To relieve this pain, use a topical anesthetic to relieve the pain such as Ora-Gel or Orabase. Try using some wax on the rough spot of your braces to keep it from causing further problems.
Gently move a wire away from the area it is irritating with an eraser or cotton swab. If you cannot get it to move, cover the end of it with a small piece of cotton or wax. You may also cut the end of the wire with nail clips or scissors that are first washed and sterilized by using alcohol.
Give us a call if a bracket is loose; it may need to be re-fitted. You can also use sterilized fingernail clippers to cut the wire or slide the bracket off the wire.
Sterilize a pair of tweezers by washing them and then cleaning them with alcohol. Then, use the tweezers to put the wire in place. If this does not fix the problem, put wax over the wire where it is causing discomfort. If you must, you can cut the wire with fingernail clippers sterilized with alcohol. Cut the wire behind the last bracket where it is secured.
Headgear Does Not Fit
Pain from headgear is usually a result of not wearing it long enough. Make sure you are following our instructions and wear it for the appropriate amount of time each day. Call for an appointment if the facebow is bent. Do not attempt to adjust it yourself.