Although there are very few true orthodontic emergencies, during the course of treatment you may discover that you have loose brace or that the orthodontic wires may shift and begin irritating your lips or cheeks.
If you have a problem that you cannot resolve on your own, please call our office. Our orthodontic team will be able to give you advice on how to solve the problem yourself or schedule you the appropriate appointment so that the problem can be fixed.
Below is a list of common problems and how they may be remedied at home.
Call the office to schedule an appointment to repair the brace. If the brace is attached to the wire, leave it in place and cover it with wax as needed for comfort. DO NOT WAIT UNTIL YOUR NEXT APPOINTMENT. Avoid connecting elastics or a to any loose braces.
Although it is rare, an appliance can become loose. Do not wait – Call the office immediately to schedule an appointment.
Broken or Poking Wire
Call the office immediately to schedule an appointment. If a broken wire can be removed easily, remove the broken piece. Keep the piece that you have removed and
Use ice immediately to reduce swelling. If the teeth are displaced and don’t fit together properly, arch wires are bent, or soft tissue is stuck in the braces, schedule an appointment immediately in our office, with your general dentist, your oral surgeon or the local hospital.
Gums, Lips or Toungue Problems
Call our office for an appointment to make you more comfortable. Use wax to cover the sharp edge temporarily.
If the separator falls out more than 1 day before your appointment please call us to have it replaced.