Handling Common Orthodontic Emergencies at Home

We are here to help with any orthodontic problems you may experience. It is helpful for you to know that true emergencies with orthodontic appliances are rare. Issues can usually be managed with the kit we provide for our clients after having orthodontic appliances applied.

Common Orthodontic Emergencies

It is frustrating to deal with poking wires and loose brackets. However, as long as you visit our office within just a few days of noticing the problem, you are not likely at risk for dealing with major issues that will impact your treatment.

It is important to mention that wearing a mouth guard during physical activities and sports is one of the best ways to prevent orthodontic emergencies. Of course, following a good oral hygiene routine is also important.

Remedies to Use at Home

Some issues that you may deal with can be cared for at home until you are able to visit our office. Take the time to familiarize yourself with the appliance you use and its different parts. This will allow you to identify parts that are broken. After you are able to alleviate your immediate discomfort, call our office to schedule an appointment. The last thing you want to do is live with an appliance that is damaged. This can impact your treatment plan.

General Soreness

For the first three to five days after having braces applied or having adjustments made, you are likely to feel general soreness. Your teeth and entire mouth may be tender. One of the best ways to deal with this problem is by rinsing your mouth with warm salt water.

Take over-the-counter pain medication if the tenderness is moderate to severe. You can take the same help painkillers you would use for a headache. If this does not work, contact us to schedule an appointment.

It is also possible for your cheeks, tongue, and lips to feel irritated after having braces applied or adjusted. It usually takes a week or two for your lips, tongue, and cheeks to become accustomed to having contact with the braces. Using wax can ease the discomfort. Wax is provided in the kit that we give to our clients when they have braces applied.

Loose Appliances and Brackets

If there are areas where the appliance is poking you, place wax on it. If the bracket is loose but is still attached to the wire, place wax on it. If the wire is out completely, wrap the bracket with tissue and visit us as soon as possible. We will examine loose brackets and appliances and repair them.

Loose or Poking Wires

With a loose wire, you may be able to use tweezers to put it back in place. If this is not possible, snip the wire at the point where it is securely fastened to the last tooth. Place wax on it. Schedule an appointment to have it repaired.

A poking wire can be pushed down using a pencil eraser. Then wax can be placed on it to relieve discomfort. If the pain is severe, schedule an appointment with us to have it repaired.