Any extreme pain, accidents, or trauma to the teeth or braces are considered emergencies. Do not hesitate to call us or your general dentist. Other less severe situations, as listed below, may be alleviated at home or until you can be seen the next business day.
When you get your braces on, you may feel some general soreness in your mouth. It is normal for your teeth to be tender to biting pressures for a few days. To feel better, you may rinse your mouth with a warm salt water mouth rinse. Dissolve one teaspoonful of salt in 8 ounces of warm water, and rinse your mouth. If the tenderness is more uncomfortable, take Tylenol (acetaminophen) or Advil (ibuprofen), or what you normally take for headache or similar pain.
Loose Bracket, Wire, Elastic or Band
Don't be alarmed if something comes loose as this may occasionally happen. This is typically not an emergency. Keep any parts that detach from your braces and bring them in a zip-lock bag to your next appointment.
If something is loose or broken, please call and let us know. We may add some time to your next scheduled appointment or, depending on the circumstances, we may want to repair the broken item as soon as possible.
Remember to follow the list of foods to avoid, which will minimize broken appliances.
If a wire protrudes and is irritating, use a blunt instrument (like the eraser end of a pencil) and gently push the irritating wire out of the way. Alternatively, wax may be placed over any sharp or poking wires. If it cannot be bent away or covered, it may be cut with a nail clipper.
Some patients may lose a separator. Call our office to see if it needs to be replaced.
If you lose your retainers, please call us the next business day for an appointment to have replacements made.
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