Orthodontic emergencies are rarely actual emergencies. In fact, we think they would better be classified as mishaps common to orthodontic treatment. These are things like appliances breaking, wires poking, and irritation from the appliance. The good news is that some of these issues you can remedy at home, and those you cannot, we can quickly fix for you. Let’s go over some common problems that occur during orthodontic treatment.
Separators are tricky items, and then tend to fall out once or twice during the course of treatment. Never attempt to replace it yourself. Instead, call us and see if it even needs to be replaced. If it does, we will schedule an appointment for you to come see us.
Because braces and other appliances move your teeth by place gentle forces on them, you can expect that they will cause a degree of soreness. While this should never be painful, it isn’t fun. This soreness is especially present when chewing, so while you experience it, stick to soft foods. It goes away a few days after your braces are placed and returns for about a day after each adjustment. Tylenol or Advil and salt-water rinses will help.
Wires can poke or rub against the soft tissues of the mouth, causing irritation. Start by trying to move the wire away from the area it is irritating with the eraser end of an unused pencil. If the wire still causes irritation, cover it with dental wax. If the wire is causing genuine pain, trim it with nail clippers that have been sterilized with alcohol. If none of this helps, call us.
Call us as soon as a bracket becomes loose as this is an issue which must be fixed as soon as possible. If the bracket is just wiggling, use dental wax to hold it in place better until your appointment. If the bracket is so loose that it is sliding around on the wire, you may need to slide the bracket off or even cut the wire to remove it. Use sterilized finger nail clippers if this is needed.
Use sterilized tweezers to attempt to put it back in place. If you cannot remedy the issue and we cannot see you quickly enough, clip the wire with sterilized fingernail clippers. Do this behind the last bracket that still has the wire secured in place.