Orthodontic treatment is relatively pain free. You may experience some discomfort at certain times throughout treatment, usually when your braces have been tightened or you have been issued with a new set of Invisalign aligners, but this can usually be treated with over-the-counter pain relief.
However, true orthodontic emergencies can occur, although they are very rare. In some instances, you may be able to solve them temporarily. Whether you can fix it yourself, or you need our specialist orthodontists to do it, please call the clinic and book an appointment as soon as possible. Broken or damaged braces can disrupt your treatment plan.
Fixing your braces
If you suffer from any of the following issues with your braces, these solutions may help you to temporarily relieve the discomfort.
What to do if a patient were to lose an aligner?
Move to the prior aligner, or the next aligner if possible and call the office.
What to do if attachment comes off?
Keep wearing aligner, and give the office a call.
Using a pencil eraser, push the poking wire down or place orthodontic wax on it to alleviate the discomfort.
Loose bracket or band
If your bracket or band is still attached to the wire, leave it in place and put wax on it. If the wire comes out entirely, place the bracket in a plastic bag and bring it in at your next visit.
Using tweezers, try to move your wire back into place. If doing this and using wax does not 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.
If your appliance is poking you, place wax on the offending part of your appliance.
When you get your braces on, you may feel general soreness in your mouth and your teeth may be tender when biting for three to five days. This can be relieved by rinsing your mouth with a warm salt water mouthwash. Dissolve one teaspoonful of salt in 8 ounces of warm water, and rinse your mouth vigorously. Placing Orabase or Orajel on the affected area may help as well. 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.
Remember, if any of the above issues happen to your braces, call and book an appointment with us, even if you manage to fix the problem yourself. It's important for our orthodontists to check that your braces are still working as they should.