There are seldom any true emergencies from wearing braces. Orthodontic emergencies are usually discomfort caused from a poking wire,
broken brackets and appliances. Most orthodontic problems can be taken care of at home. If you are having a problem with your braces
you should call our office. We will then set up an appointment to see you as soon as possible for a repair or to remedy the discomfort.
Listed below are some of the more common problems and some possible solutions to deal with the situation on a temporary basis until
seen by an orthodontist.
Broken Band / Brackets
Broken or loose band/bracket are generally not considered an urgent problem in most
cases. However, a phone call to the orthodontist is recommended. When a bracket comes off of a tooth, it is still normally attached
to the wire with an elastics tie. This will prevent the bracket from being swallowed, but it may move or spin around on the wire.
If this is a problem for the patient, a little wax pressed against the bracket will keep it from moving around until you see your
Many times as the teeth move in the early phase of treatment, the wire used to straighten the teeth has
no place to go except out the back of the molar band area. Fortunately, most times this can be handled at home very simply with some
orthodontic wax. If wax does not resolve the pain, the orthodontist should be called so that the wire can be clipped.
Pain & Discomfort
Patients will have some pain and discomfort that occusr about 4-6 hours after the braces are placed or after
an adjustment appointment. Over the next day or two, the pain will progressively become worse. Then, after days 3-5, the pain will
begin to subside. We recommend over the counter pain medication if you experience the discomfort.
Significant dental injuries
while in braces can happen. Home care is generally not recommended in these cases.
Loose Expander Appliance
If the appliance becomes
loose, It would be best to call the orthodontist and follow their recommendations.
It is recommended to call
the orthodontist and follow their recommendations. Your teeth will shift if you don't have/wear your retainers
Swallowing Braces and
Swallowing braces or other appliances used during orthodontic treatment tends to occur relatively infrequently. This is
because the braces and bands are normally still attached to the wire if they become loosened from a tooth. However, if it does occur,
it is best to seek advice from the orthodontist and physician right away. Fortunately, the braces and rubber bands used for orthodontic
treatment are quite small, and the patient will usually pass them without difficulty.
The braces have a tendency to feel
rough against the cheeks, lips, and tongue, especially soon after the braces are placed. This will sometimes lead to soreness and
cause discomfort. The tissues will develop a callous over time, so this becomes less of a problem while treatment progresses. In the
initial stages of treatment, wax can be used in areas that are particularly painful. Also temporary pain relief can also be obtained
with topical anesthetics (i.e. Orabase®).
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