Managing Accidents to Braces and Appliances
Emergency Care and Repairs
If braces are causing discomfort or if something should break or come loose we would like to hear from you. It is not unusual for there to be some slight irritation to your gums, lips or cheeks with the initial placement of braces. Usually, this subsides within a few days as your mouth becomes accustomed to the appliances. By calling out office we can help you determine whether you will be able to take care of the situation yourself or whether we will need to schedule you to come into the office. By calling in advance, should you need to be seen, we can schedule you when you can best be accommodated.
Occasionally, a wire will protrude or poke causing discomfort. Many times these wires can be moved away from the irritated area with the tip of your clean finger or by placing a small amount of white orthodontic wax over the bracket or wire. If the wire irritation persists, sometimes the wire needs to be clipped or changed especially if it has moved or slid in the bracket and it may be necessary to call our office for an appointment.
Loose Bracket, Band or Wire
If something should break or come loose we want to hear from you. Please call our office to schedule a time to come in and remember to bring any broken parts with you when you are seen.
Soreness After Placement of Braces or After an Adjustment
After the placement of spacers or braces, you may experience some soreness of your mouth or tenderness of the teeth for several days. The period of tenderness or sensitivity varies with individuals and with the procedure performed. Sometimes this discomfort can be minimized by taking whatever you would normally take for a headache or for similar pain.
Lost Spacers or Separators
Sometimes a spacer or separator may come out that has been placed to create or to hold room for a brace or other appliance. It may be necessary to replace the separator to prevent closure of the space. Please call our office to determine whether it is necessary to have it replaced.