Although they don’t happen very often orthodontic emergencies do occur, and when they do, Hunter Family Orthodontics will be here to offer emergency care. If you experience severe pain or an appliance problem, it’s important that you call us immediately so that we can schedule an appointment, assess the problem and get you back to smiling.
What’s more, it’s important to fully understand and know the parts to your orthodontic appliance so that you can troubleshoot and problem solve to alleviate pain or discomfort until we can see you. Also, aside from pain, allowing your appliance to remain damaged for an extended period of time may result in disruptions or extensions to your treatment plan.
Here are some troubleshooting and treatment tips for more common situations.
Sometimes you may feel a general soreness or tenderness in your mouth and teeth when biting. When this happens, a simple solution would be to dissolve one teaspoon of salt in eight ounces of warm water and rinse vigorously. If the pain is more severe, other solutions would be to place Orabase or Zilactin B on the affected area or simply taking ibuprofen (Advil) to minimize pain. It’s also common for the lips, cheeks and tongue to take a couple of weeks to toughen when you first get your braces. In this case, you can apply the wax from your starter kit to the surface of your braces to minimize discomfort.
When your appliance has loosened and is causing discomfort or pain, apply wax to the area causing irritation to minimize the effect and schedule an appointment to have Dr. Hunter make necessary adjustments.
If a bracket or band has loosened but remains attached to the wire, leave it in place and apply wax. However, if the bracket has come completely out, place it in a plastic baggie and bring it to the office with you. In both cases, schedule an appointment with Dr. Hunter to make necessary adjustments as soon as possible. A delayed repair can extend treatment time.
In the instance that a wire has become loose, try using tweezers to put the wire back into place or try to apply wax to any sharp ends. If this doesn’t do the trick, sometimes you can use small fingernail clippers to clip the wire behind the last tooth where it is fastened and apply wax. Again, let Hunter Family Orthodontics know if you run into these issues so that necessary steps can be made to repair.
No body likes a wire constantly poking them. If you experience a wire causing discomfort, push the wire down with a pencil eraser and apply wax.
Broken or Misplaced Retainer
It happens to the best of us. If your retainer is broken or has been misplaced, call Hunter Family Orthodontics immediately so that we can arrange to fix or replace it. We want to preserve your orthodontic treatment!