What to do in the Event of an Emergency
True orthodontic emergencies are very rare, but when they do occur we are available to you. As a general rule, you should call the office when you experience severe pain or when you have a painful appliance problem that you can’t take care of yourself. We’ll be able to schedule an appointment to resolve the problem.
You might be surprised to learn that you may be able to temporarily solve many problems yourself until you schedule an appointment with our office. When working with your appliances, you need to know the names of the parts of your appliances so you are able to identify what part is broken or out of place. After alleviating your discomfort, it is very important that you still call our office as soon as possible to schedule a time to repair the problem. Allowing your appliance to remain damaged for an extended period of time may result in disruptions in your treatment plan.
Solutions for Your Discomfort:
If You Experience a Poking Wire
Using a pencil eraser, push the poking wire down or place wax on it to alleviate the discomfort
If a Wire or Band has come Loose
Don’t be alarmed if a wire or band comes loose. This happens occasionally. If wire protrudes and is irritating, use a blunt instrument (back of spoon or the eraser end of a pencil) and carefully, gently push the irritating wire under the archwire. Simply get it out of the way. If irritation to the lips or mouth continues, place wax or wet cotton on the wire to reduce the annoyance. Call our office as soon as possible for an appointment to check and repair the appliances. If any piece comes off, save it and bring it with you to the office.
If the Orthodontic Appliance is Loose
If your appliance is poking you, place wax on the offending part of your appliance.
If the Appliance Doesn’t Fit Properly
Sometimes appliance discomfort is caused by not wearing the appliance as instructed by Dr. Shojaei. Please refer to the instructions provided by Dr. Shojaei or call our office for assistance. Surprisingly, the appliance may hurt less if it’s worn more, so be sure you’re getting in the prescribed hours.
If You Experience General Soreness
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. This can be relieved by rinsing your mouth with a warm salt water mouthwash. Dissolve one teaspoonful of salt in 8 ounces of warm water, and rinse your mouth vigorously. Placing Oragel on the affected area of your cheek may help; this can be found in a pharmacy. If the tenderness is severe, take whatever you normally take for headache or similar pain. Ibuprofen or Acetaminophen tends to give the best pain relief assuming you able to take it.
Note: The lips, cheeks and tongue may also become irritated for one to two weeks as they toughen and become accustomed to the surface of the braces. You can put wax on the braces to lessen this. We’ll show you how!