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Emergencies

There are very few true emergencies in orthodontic treatment. Most problems can be remedied at home. However, if you have a situation that you cannot resolve on your own, call the office for advice.

Here are some ways to alleviate problems until the Impression Orthodontics team are able to help:

Protruding Wire

Using the tip of a pencil eraser, push the poking wire down or place wax on it to alleviate the irritation.

Loose Bracket, Band or Wire

If your bracket or band is still attached to the wire, you should leave it in place and put wax on it. If a wire is loose, try using tweezers to put it back into place. If this does not help, place some wax over it.

Soreness After an Adjustment

When you get your braces on, you may feel general soreness in your mouth and teeth may be tender to biting pressures for three to five days following the adjustment. This can be relieved by rinsing your mouth with warm salt water. Another option is to use Orabase as a temporary covering to the affected area. If the tenderness is severe, take a painkiller like the kind you might choose for headache or similar pain.

The lips, cheeks, and tongue may also become irritated during the adjustment process. They toughen as you get used to the feeling of braces. Put wax on the braces to ease the pain associated with this process.