Fortunately, it's very rare to have a true orthodontic emergency! Many common concerns can be handled at home, without the need for a visit to the office. The instructions below offer some helpful hints to make yourself comfortable. If you need further assistance, we're here to help! We even have an after-hours phone line so you're able to reach us on the weekends.
When you first begin treatment, your teeth may be tender or sore for a few days. Don't worry, it'll get better soon! During this period of transition, we recommend sticking to a soft diet. You can also use an over-the-counter pain medication like acetaminophen or ibuprofen to help relieve discomfort.
Your lips, cheeks, and tongue may become irritated as they get accustomed to your braces. You can put wax on your braces to prevent them from rubbing—we'll show you how! Rinsing with warm saltwater can also help relieve sore spots.
If your bracket or band is still attached to the wire, you can leave it in place and call to let us know. In many cases, you can wait until your next appointment to have it repaired. If the loose bracket is bothering you, try using some wax to prevent it from rubbing. You may also be able to carefully remove the bracket without damaging your other braces.
Using a pair of tweezers or needle-nosed pliers, try to move the wire back into position. If you can't, it may be possible to cover the tip of the wire with wax to make it more comfortable. As a last resort, use a small fingernail clipper to clip the wire behind the last tooth to which it is securely fastened.
Using a pencil eraser, push the poking wire down and out of the way. If that doesn't resolve the issue, place wax over the wire to prevent it from poking.