True orthodontic emergencies are rare, but when they do happen, call our office as soon as possible. By calling us, you will allow us to create a time to see you. Even if you have a regular appointment scheduled, call us immediately to notify us you need an appliance repaired.

General Soreness and Irritation

When you get your braces on, you may feel a general soreness in your mouth and your teeth may be tender for three to five days.  If the tenderness is severe, take aspirin or whatever you normally take for a headache or similar pain. The lips, cheeks and tongue may also become irritated for one to two weeks as they become accustomed to the surface of the braces. You can put wax on the braces to lessen this.

Sores may appear as your lips, tongue and cheeks toughen as they become accustomed to the braces as well, this can be relieved by rinsing your mouth with a warm saltwater mouthwash. Dissolve one teaspoonful of salt in 8 ounces of warm water, and rinse your mouth vigorously.  Sometimes your jaw may be sore as well.  A warm wash cloth or heating pad may reduce this.

Pokey Wire

Sometimes discomfort is caused by a wire on your braces can be resolved by moving the wire away from the irritated area with a cotton swab or eraser. If the wire will not move, try covering the end of it with a small piece of wax. If the wire is painful, you can trim it with nail clippers or scissors that have been washed and sterilized in alcohol.  If you cannot resolve the wire irritation, please call our office for an appointment.

Loose Brackets or Bands

Call our office immediately for advice if a bracket or wire is loosened. The bracket may need to be re-fitted as soon as possible. You may have a situation that requires cutting a wire or sliding a bracket off a wire at night or over the weekend. If you need to cut a wire in case of emergency, you may use fingernail clippers that have been washed and sterilized in alcohol. Please call our office the next business day, so that we may schedule an appointment for you.

Lost Separators

Some patients lose a separator during their treatment. Do not worry about losing a separator, but call our office to see if it needs to be replaced, if so, you can click here for instructions on how to replace it.

Expander Turning Difficulties

Some patients come across difficulties when turning their expander. This does happen from time to time, don’t worry, you can click on the picture to the left for a video with common troubleshooting topics or you can always contact our office.

Forsus Springs

Some patients have the springs on their forsus appliance come detached. This is sometimes something you can fix yourself, you can click on the picture to the left for a video with instructions or you can always contact our office.