kid-in-blueIf you have an orthodontic emergency, the caring team at Almond Orthodontics is here to help you! Please call our office if you experience severe pain or have a problem with your orthodontic appliance. We will schedule an appointment to see you as soon as possible!

Until you can visit our orthodontic office, there are a number of ways you can temporarily solve orthodontic problems. If a piece of your appliance comes loose or breaks off, save it in an envelope or plastic bag and be sure to bring it with you to your appointment. We welcome you to read below to learn how to temporarily solve orthodontic problems. It is essential, however, that you call our office as soon as possible to let us know about the problem so it does not disrupt your treatment plan and add additional treatment time. We are eager to care for you and your smile!

General Soreness

braces-girlYour mouth may be sore when you first get your braces, and your teeth may be tender when biting for three to five days. Our orthodontic team recommends that you stick to a soft food diet until your teeth do not hurt while chewing. Rinsing your mouth with warm saltwater may help to relieve irritated gums and sore spots in your mouth. Dissolve one teaspoon of salt in eight ounces of warm water, and swish and gurgle (but do not swallow) for several minutes. You may also use the Healthy Gums Rinse by the Natural Dentist. Using Orabase, which can be found in a pharmacy, can also help to relieve discomfort. For more severe pain and tenderness, you may wish to take a pain reliever like acetaminophen (Tylenol),  Aspirin, or ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin).

If your lips, cheeks, and tongue become irritated while they are adjusting to your new braces, you can place wax on the braces.  This is included in your starter kit.

Loose Bracket or Wires

Portrait of a study groupIf your bracket becomes loose and is still attached to the wire, leave it in place until your next appointment. Place wax on it if needed for comfort. If the bracket or band can be easily removed, save it in an envelope or plastic bag, and bring it to your appointment.

If your wire becomes loose, you can use a pair of tweezers or needle-nose pliers to try to put the wire back in place. You can use a piece of floss to tie the wire in place; tie the floss around the bracket in place of the missing colored O-ring. Cover the end of the wire with wax to prevent it from poking you and causing discomfort. If you cannot put the wire in a comfortable position and covering the end with wax does not help, use a small fingernail clipper to clip the wire behind the last tooth to which it is securely fastened, and place wax on the end of the wire if it is still sharp.

Poking Wire

Poky wires are no fun!  They usually occur as your teeth shift in a favorable way or when space is being closed.  If your wire pokes you, use a pencil eraser or back of a spoon to carefully and gently push the wire down into place. You can also place wax on the wire.  If the wire continues to poke you, please call our office and we will find a convenient time for you to come in so we can clip it for you!