Emergency Care (Managing Accidents to Braces/Appliances)
If braces are causing extreme pain or if something breaks, you should
call our office. Are you in need of an emergency appointment? We will
schedule one for you. Be sure to reference the list below for some
Immediate Relief Solutions:
Using the tip of a pencil eraser, push the poking wire down or place
wax on it to alleviate the irritation.
Loose Bracket, Band or Wire
If your bracket or band is still attached to the wire, you should
leave it in place and put wax on it. If a wire is loose, try using
tweeters to put it back into place. If this does not help, place some
wax over it.
Soreness After an Adjustment
When you get your braces on, you may feel general soreness in your
mouth and teeth may be tender to biting pressures for three to five days
following the adjustment. This can be relieved by rinsing your mouth
with warm salt water. Another option is to use Orabase as a temporary
covering to the affected area. If the tenderness is severe, take aspirin
or whatever you normally take for headache or similar pain.
The lips, cheeks, and tongue may also become irritated during the
adjustment process. They toughen as you get used to the feeling of
braces. Put wax on the braces to ease the pain associated with this
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