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What to do During an Orthodontic Emergency

Loose or Broken Brackets, Bands or Wires?
If any part of your braces become loose or break, call our office immediately to find out if you can wait until your next scheduled appointment for the repair or what you should be doing to prevent any pain or discomfort in the mean time. If the band or bracket is still attached to the wire, leave it just as is; DO NOT try to pull it off or attach any elastic to it as it can cause severe damage. If there is any irritation or pain from the wire, it is recommended that you use orthodontic wax to cover the area that is irritating your mouth or move it back into place with a q-tip. It is never recommended to use your hands or fingers when handling a situation like this. If the bracket completely falls off, please bring it to your next scheduled appointment for your Orthodontist.

Woman Wearing Braces with Overbite

Tooth Pain or Signs of Ulcers
To diminish the pain, over-the-counter pain relievers, such as Tylenol or Advil will usually work just fine. Rinsing your mouth with salt water daily can help provide relief for mouth ulcers that may have occurred from brackets rubbing on your cheeks or tongue. It is recommended you retrieve an 8 ounce glass of warm water mixed with just one teaspoon of salt. Topical numbing solutions such as Ora-base or Aspercreme are also helpful to ease ulcer pain for a more temporary solution.

Call your Orthodontist as Soon as Possible
While Orthodontic emergencies are rare, they do occur and it is crucial that you are prepared for such a situation if it were to ever arise. If you are in pain or are having any discomfort due to a loose or broken wire/bracket please call our office as soon as possible. In situations similar to this, sometimes X-rays will need to be taken as it is often necessary to determine the extent of the injury or incident and to determine whether or not the orthodontic appliances have been damaged.

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