Many problems that occur during orthodontic treatment can be remedied at home. There are very few true orthodontic emergencies. The following information can be helpful as you resolve the minor issues that may occur during your orthodontic treatment. If you are unable to resolve an issue, please call our office so that we can assist you.
Most people experience some discomfort during the first few days following new appliance placement or "tightening" of the braces. A warm salt water rinse can be helpful to relieve discomfort- dissolve one teaspoon of salt in warm water and rinse your mouth vigorously. For severe discomfort you can take a non-aspirin pain reliever (acetaminophen, ibuprofen). The directions for over-the-counter use should be followed and these medicines shouldn't be used regularly for a long period of time.
If your braces are irritating your lip or cheek because of a poking wire, try pushing the offending wire end away from the irritated area with a pencil eraser. If you can't move the wire, place wet cotton or wax on the sharp area. Call our office as soon as possible for an appointment to check and repair the appliance.
Occasionally, a bracket comes off of a tooth. If this happens, please call our office as soon as possible to see if the bracket needs to be replaced before your next regularly scheduled appointment. If the bracket comes off the wire, please save it and bring it to your next appointment.