Although true orthodontic emergencies are rare, a loose bracket or poking wire may occur at very inopportune times. If you have a situation that you cannot resolve on your own, call us as soon as possible, so we can fit you in for a repair appointment. If you need assistance outside of normal business hours and need immediate assistance please email email@example.com and we will get back to you as soon as possible to ensure you are comfortable. Otherwise please call 402-571-1108, leave a message, and we will get back to you during normal business hours.
Below are some common issues and repairs
When you first get your braces, you may feel general soreness in your mouth and teeth may be tender to biting pressures for three to five days. This can be relieved by rinsing your mouth with a warm salt water mouthwash. Dissolve one teaspoonful of salt in 8 ounces of warm water, and rinse your mouth vigorously. If the tenderness is severe, take Advil, Tylenol, or whatever you normally take for headache or similar pain.
The lips, cheeks and tongue may also become irritated for one to two weeks as they toughen and become accustomed to the surface of the braces. You can put wax on the braces to lessen this. We’ll show you how!
Brackets are typically directly bonded on the teeth, or they may be connected to bands, which fit around a back tooth. They are generally positioned in the center of each tooth. If the bracket is off center and moves along the wire, the bracket is loose and you need to contact our office ASAP to get it replaced. Remember, brackets can come loose as a result of chewing on hard, sticky or chewy goods or objects, as well as, from physical contact from sports or rough housing. If the moving bracket is bothering your tongue or cheek, simply place a piece of wax over the bracket until you can get into our office.
Wire Tie Irritation
The archwire is held to each bracket with a ligature, which can be either a tiny elastic or a twisted wire. You may use a Q-Tip or pencil eraser to push the ligature wire so that it is flat against the tooth. If the wire cannot be moved into a comfortable position cover it with wax and call our office to come in so we can clip the wire. If the colored rubber band comes off, please contact our office for a replacement.
During the early stages when small wires are in place, if your wire shifts or begins to feel long out the back of the braces, you may use fingernail clippers to clip it. Otherwise, place a piece of wax (or sugar free chewing gum, temporarily, if wax will not stick) over the wire until we can see you to clip it.