True orthodontic emergencies are rare, but when they do occur we are here to help. As a general rule, you should contact our office when you experience discomfort or have any problems with your appliance. Allowing your appliance to remain damaged for an extended period of time may result in disruptions to your treatment plan.
If there is a loose piece that you can remove, put it in a plastic bag or envelope and bring it with you to your appointment. If your braces are poking you, put soft wax or wet tissue on the piece that’s sticking out and call our offices to organise an appointment.
When you initially have your braces put on, you may feel tenderness in your mouth, and your teeth may be sensitive to biting pressures. A soft diet is advisable and rinsing your mouth with warm salt water three times daily will help. Dissolve one teaspoon of salt in a glass of warm water, and rinse your mouth vigorously. The mouth is a sensitive area and needs time to adjust to the new addition.
We will provide you with wax to place over the areas that may feel irritated. The key is to dry the spot you wish to apply the wax; this allows the best adhesion.
If you suffer from soreness, you may also need to take some form of pain relief, and we recommend panadol to ease the problem. Use as recommended for your age and not for more than three days. Aspirin and Nurofen (ibuprofen) slow the tooth movement, so it is not advisable to use them frequently while wearing braces.
Sometimes discomfort is caused by not wearing the headgear as instructed by your orthodontist. Please refer to the instructions provided by your orthodontist. If the facebow (metal piece) is bent, please call our office for assistance. The headgear should hurt less the more it’s worn, so be sure you get the prescribed number of hours.
If your appliance is poking you, place wax on the offending part. If it is too difficult to wear, leave you appliance out and call our surgery so we can rectify any issues.
If your bracket or band becomes dislodged and is still attached to the wire, you should leave it in place and put wax on it if needed for comfort. If the bracket or band can be removed easily, place it in an envelope and bring it to your next appointment. Please call our surgery to schedule a time to have this rebonded or cemented through the correct procedure.
Place wax on the poking wire so that it is no longer irritating and call our surgery.