While orthodontic emergencies are uncommon, it’s still a good idea to be prepared when a potential problem does arise. In any case, patients should promptly notify us of any problems and schedule an appointment to have it repaired. If you’re experiencing severe pain or have a loose wire, be sure to contact Dr. Dan. You can reach him 24 hours a day by simply sending a text message to our office!
Often times, pain or problems can occur while out of town or over the weekend. In these instances, you’ll have to wait for an appointment. Fortunately, there are a few ways you can temporarily solve most problems until you can make it into the office for professional care.
General Aches and Pain
It’s far from uncommon to experience soreness in your mouth and teeth as your new braces will tug and pull on teeth to straighten them. While this pain often decreases over time, in the meantime you can alleviate your pain by gargling salt water or applying Orabase to the tender area. Orabase can be found in most pharmacies, and you can simply add a teaspoon of salt to a glass of warm water for gargling. Mild pain relievers such as aspirin or ibuprofen may also be an easy way to reduce pain.
Quite often, your mouth will become agitated from the wires and brackets of braces. Though your mouth will gradually adapt to these new appliances and the pain will subside, applying wax to the harmful areas will reduce the contact of your cheeks and lips to the brackets.
Care for Appliance Problems
Aside from the pain and soreness that may occur from your new braces, problems with headgear, brackets, and wires may arise. While you wait for your appointment, there’s a number of ways to fix many of these problems. Here are some common problems and solutions to each:
- Loose Appliances and Brackets – Appliances that come loose may protrude and poke your mouth. Simply applying a piece of wax will cover the harmful area. If a bracket has become loose and it still attached to the wire you can also use wax to keep it in place.
- Loose Wire – When a wire becomes unattached to the bracket, you can use tweezers to push the wire back into place. If wax and tweezers won’t work, you may have to clip the wire.
- Poking Wire – If you have a wire poking out, use a pencil eraser to push the wire down or, of course, use a piece of wax to cover it and reduce discomfort.
If you’re experiencing pain from your braces or are in need of a repair, be sure to contact Showtime Smiles® and Dr. Dan. Please TEXT us at (972) 547-4443 and Dr. Dan will get back to you ASAP! We’ll get you back on the road to straight teeth, pain free!