It is very rare for a patient to have an orthodontic emergency. Most common orthodontic “emergencies” can be handled at home with a few handy tips. If you find you are unable to handle the emergency at home or would like some advice, you can always call us at (623) 376-6464.
Here are a few of the common orthodontic “emergencies” we’ve seen patients encounter and how best to handle them:
- Bracket Knocked Off: Brackets are the parts of the braces attached to teeth with a special adhesive. They are generally positioned in the center of each tooth. If the bracket is off center and moves along the wire, the adhesive has likely failed. Call us at (623) 376-6464 if this occurs to determine the next course of action.
- Archwire Is Poking: If the end of an orthodontic archwire is poking in the back of the mouth, attempt to put wax over the areas to protect the cheek. You can also attempt to clip the wire using nail clippers or manicure scissors. If you find this unsuccessful, call us at (623) 376-6464 to schedule an appointment to have the wire clipped. If you are feeling discomfort, make sure you inform us at the time of your call.
- Lip or Cheek Irritation: Sometimes, new braces can be irritating to the mouth. A small mount of orthodontic wax makes an excellent buffer between the braces and lips, cheek, or tongue. Simply pinch off a small piece and roll it into a ball the size of a small pea. Flatten the ball and place it completely over the area of the braces causing irritation. If you don’t have wax on hand, then you can take a wet cotton ball and follow the same procedure. In addition, to get immediate relief, mix 1 teaspoon of salt into lukewarm water and rinse your mouth. This works very well to soothe the irritation.
If you find that you are experiencing any discomfort or problems when wearing your braces, please don’t hesitate to contact us at (623) 376-6464.