True orthodontic emergencies are very rare, but when they do occur, we are available to assist you. As a general rule, you should call our office when you experience severe pain due to your appliance or braces. We'll be able to schedule an appointment to resolve your discomfort. If your emergency occurs after office hours, please contact our emergency number (954) 805-3588.
You might be surprised to learn that you may be able to temporarily solve or alleviate many problems yourself, or until your scheduled appointment with our office. When working with your appliances, you need to know the names of the parts of your appliances/braces so you are able to identify what part is broken or out of place. After alleviating your discomfort, it is very important that you still call our office as soon as possible to schedule a time to repair your appliance or broken braces. Allowing your appliance to remain damaged for an extended period of time may result in disruptions in your orthodontic treatment plan and lengthen your time in braces.
At the beginning of your orthodontic treatment, when you get your braces, you may feel general soreness in your mouth. Teeth may be tender to pressure when biting for three to five days. This can be relieved by rinsing your mouth with a warm saltwater mouthwash. Dissolve one teaspoonful of salt in eight ounces of warm water, and rinse your mouth vigorously, do not swallow the solution. Placing Orabase on the affected area may help; this can be found in a pharmacy. 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 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!
Sometimes headgear discomfort is caused by not wearing the headgear as instructed by Dr. Naidu. Please refer to the instructions provided at the time of your appointment. If the facebow is bent, please call our office for assistance. Surprisingly, the headgear may hurt less as it's worn more, so be sure you're getting in the prescribed number of hours.
If your appliance/brace is poking you, place wax on the offending part of your appliance. A bit of discomfort is experienced at the beginning of your orthodontic treatment as your tissue accustoms to your braces and appliance.
If your bracket (braces) or band is still attached to the wire, you should leave it in place and put wax on it. If the wire comes out entirely, wrap the bracket (brace) with a tissue.
Using a tweezer, try to put your wire back into place. If doing this and using wax doesn't help, as a last resort use a small fingernail clipper to clip the wire behind the last tooth to which it is securely fastened. If your discomfort continues, place wax on it.
Using a pencil eraser, push the poking wire down or place wax on it to alleviate the discomfort.