During the first week after your braces are in place and when routine adjustments are completed, you will likely feel some soreness and discomfort. We recommend that you stick to enjoying softer foods until your teeth and mouth feel normal. Swollen or irritated gums along with other sore spots can be relieved by rinsing your mouth with a warm saltwater wash. A dab of Oral Gel can also help heal the irritated gum. Placing wax on the brace or wire that is rubbing can help cushion things and speed up the healing process. If the tenderness is more sever, Acetaminophen, Aspirin, Ibuprofen can be used as directed by a parent.
If your retainer is lost or broken please contact our office immediately to schedule an appointment to repair or replace your retainers since teeth could begin shifting right away.
Lost or Broken Retainer
If the separators that were placed between your back teeth come out and there is still room to floss with triple dental floss, (dental floss folded over itself to form 3 layers), then there is enough space and the lost separator does not need to be replaced. Otherwise call our office before your next appointment and we will schedule you to come in and replace the lost separator.
If your bracket is still attached to the wire, leave in place and put wax on it if needed for comfort. If the bracket is able to be removed easily, place it in a clear plastic bag or envelope and bring it to your next appointment. Please call our office on the next business day to schedule an appointment to fix your broken or loose bracket.
True orthodontic emergencies are rare but you should always contact our office anytime something seems wrong with your braces. Most often we can instruct you over the phone on how to resolve the problem temporarily so you do not feel any discomfort.
Loose or Poking Wire
Discomfort caused by wire often occurs as your teeth move and change positions during your treatment. Using a pair of tweezers you can try to put the wire back into place. If you can’t put the wire into a comfortable position, and covering the end with wax doesn’t help, as a last resort use a small clean fingernail clipper to clip the wire behind the last tooth to which it is securely fastened. If the end of the wire is till sharp, using a pencil eraser, push the poking wire down and place wax on it so that it is no longer poking.
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