Although it’s a rare occurrence, orthodontic emergencies do happen. The most important thing to remember is to remain calm. If you think you may be experiencing an orthodontic emergency, you first need to determine if the problem requires immediate medical attention, or if the problem is minor and could be handled at home or in our office.
Typically, even serious orthodontic emergencies are not life-threatening. However, our biggest concern will be any disruption of the treatment process or potential damage if not handled properly.
For any orthodontic emergency, contact our office at (734) 284-4300 with any questions on how to best handle the situation.
Common Orthodontic Emergencies
Using a pencil eraser, push the poking wire down or place wax on it to alleviate the discomfort.
If your appliance is poking you, place wax on the offending part of your appliance.
Loose Bracket Or Band
If your bracket or band is still attached to the wire, you should leave it in place and put wax on it. If the wire comes out entirely, wrap the bracket with a tissue.
Using a tweezer, try to put your wire back into place. If doing this and using wax 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 your discomfort continues, place wax on it.
When you get your braces on, you may feel general soreness in your mouth, and teeth may be tender to biting pressures for 3-5 days. This can be relieved by rinsing your mouth with a warm saltwater mouthwash. Dissolve one teaspoonful of salt in 8 ounces of warm water, and rinse your mouth vigorously. Placing Orabase on the affected area may help; this can be found in a pharmacy. If the tenderness is severe, take aspirin or whatever you normally take for headache or similar pain.
The lips, cheeks, and tongue may also become irritated for 1-2 weeks as they toughen and become accustomed to the surface of the braces. You can put wax on the braces to lessen this. We’ll show you how!
Headgear Does Not Fit
Sometimes headgear discomfort is caused by not wearing the headgear as instructed by your orthodontist. Please refer to the instructions provided by our team. If the facebow is bent, please call our office for assistance. Surprisingly, the headgear may hurt less as it’s worn more, so be sure you’re getting in the prescribed hours.