Dr. Bailey always strives to provide safe and comfortable care for all patients. Orthodontic emergencies are rare, but if were one to happen we are available to you for help. You should call our office if you or your child is experiencing severe tooth pain that you are not able to take care of yourself.
In most cases, many problems that you might experience at home you can be handled by yourself with proper care. If you are able to alleviate pain at home, it is still important that you notify our office if you have a broken appliance. This way, we can schedule an appointment to fix the appliance without disrupting your treatment plan. Some of the most common problems that you may encounter would be:
After you get your braces on, you might feel some general soreness in your mouth and your teeth may be tender to biting pressures for three to five days. You can relieve this pain by rinsing your mouth with a warm saltwater mouthwash. If the tenderness is severe, you can take aspirin or whatever you would normally take for a headache or similar pain.
Irritation can also occur on the lips, tongue and cheeks for one to two weeks as they get used to the surface of the braces. You can apply wax to the braces to lessen the irritation and pain.
Sometimes, you might experience a poking wire. If you have a wire that is poking into your lip or cheek, use a pencil eraser to push the poking wire down. Or, you can place wax on the wire to alleviate discomfort.
If you have a loose bracket and it is still attached to the wire, you should leave it in place and put wax on it. If the bracket falls off of the wire entirely, you should wrap the bracket with a tissue and keep it safe. Bring it to our office during your next visit.
Separators are used in the early treatment stages to make space for the fitting of bands around the teeth. These small plastic devices may become loose and fall out as space becomes larger between the teeth. It is rare that a separator will need to be replaced, but if you do lose one, call our office to let us know and we will arrange to have you visit if necessary.
Following the instructions that we give you in the office is the best way to avoid breakage, loosening of your braces, and unwanted discomfort at home. However, we know that breakage can and does occur from time to time. If this happens, follow the tips we have given you above. Call our office if you are experiencing severe pain or if there is a problem that cannot be fixed by any of the at-home solutions we have offered.