Any orthodontic treatment may take a little getting used to, and in those beginning stages, it is not uncommon to experience a bit of soreness or some minor aches as teeth begin shifting into new positions. When you are unfamiliar with the appliances in your mouth, these aches and pains may be alarming. When it comes to handling an orthodontic emergency, the first step is knowing the severity of the problem. We will walk you through some common experiences, so that you can feel prepared if and when you face a similar situation.
Loose or Broken Brackets, Bands, or Wires
This problem is commonly caused by eating hard or sticky candy or food, or playing with the braces. If the band or bracket is still attached to the wire, leave it as is and cover it with orthodontic wax. If it has broken off, save it until you can get into the office. Be sure to bring any loose parts with you to your orthodontic visit.
Misplaced or Poking Archwire, Bracket, or Tie
As your teeth begin to shift, the wire that connects them (archwire) may begin poking near the back of the mouth or irritating the cheeks. You can try gently moving the wire into a better position with a pencil eraser or a cotton swab. Often, sterilized tweezers will work to gently move a misplaced wire or a tie that is causing problems.
Shifting teeth can often be accompanied by tenderness, especially after braces are placed or adjusted. An over-the-counter pain reliever may help or you can try a salt-water rinse. To make the rinse, mix one teaspoon of salt in an 8-ounce glass of warm water, and rinse for 30 seconds twice a day. A warm washcloth or heating pad placed on the outside of the cheek may also provide some pain relief.
A Major Emergency
In a situation where, you have faced trauma or injury to the mouth or face, you have severe swelling or infection, or severe, unmanageable pain, you should seek professional medical help as soon as possible.
Lake Country Orthodontics is here to help
Please always feel welcome to contact us with any questions or concerns. To schedule your consultation call Lake Country Orthodontics at (817) 236-7846. Located in Ft. Worth, TX, our office proudly serves patients who live in White Settlement, North Ft. Worth, Springtown, Rome, Haslet, Azle, Saginaw, and all surrounding communities.