We are happy to assist you when an orthodontic emergency happens. If you experience a problem please contact us at your earliest convenience so we can schedule an appointment. In the meantime, there are some self-care actions you can take at home. Here are some of the most common issues people have with their braces and some suggestions about how to solve them at home.
Soreness caused from Braces and Appliances
When you first get your braces, you may notice that your teeth and mouth feel a little tender or sore. This is perfectly normal and we promise your mouth will not be sore forever! To relieve the pain, we recommend dissolving one teaspoon of salt in eight ounces of lukewarm water. Swish and gargle this solution in your mouth for just a couple of minutes (do not swallow the saltwater)
If the pain is more severe and does not go away after rinsing, you can also try taking a pain reliever. It is also not uncommon for your lips, cheeks, and tongue to become irritated for one to two weeks as they toughen and become used to the braces. Placing wax over the area that is causing discomfort will help.
Loose brackets happen from time to time, and you can solve the problem temporarily by putting wax on it to hold it in place until we can have you in for an appointment. Be sure to schedule an appointment as soon as possible to have this corrected.
Irritation From Wires
If the wires on your braces are irritating your cheeks, mouth or lips, the simplest fix is to put a small amount of wax on the offending wire. When poking is the problem, you can use a pencil eraser to gently push down the protruding wire.
Separators may eventually fall out when the space between the teeth opens up. To check if we need to replace the separator, you can take a piece of dental floss and double it over. If it can slide into where the separator was at, don’t worry, we will not need to see you before your next appointment but if it won’t slide in, please contact our office and we can schedule an appointment.