Orthodontic Emergency Care by a Trusted Santa Cruz Dentist
True orthodontic emergency is rare, but when they do occur, we are available to you. As a general rule, you should call the office when you experience severe pain or when you have a painful appliance problem that you can’t take care of yourself. We’ll be able to schedule an appointment to resolve the problem.
You might be surprised to learn that you may be able to temporarily solve many problems yourself until you schedule an appointment with our office. When working with your appliances, you need to know the names of the parts of your appliances so you are able to identify what part is broken or out of place. After alleviating your discomfort, it is very important that you still call our office as soon as possible to schedule a time to repair the problem. Allowing your appliance to remain damaged for an extended period of time may result in disruptions in your treatment plan.
As soon as you get your braces installed on your teeth, it is normal for you to feel general soreness in your mouth and teeth, and there may be some tenderness related to biting pressures for at least three to five days.
If you experience this, know that you can easily relieve yourself of some of the discomfort by rinsing your mouth with warm saltwater. This mouth rinse can be crated by dissolving a teaspoon of salt in 8 ounces of warm water. You will have to rinse your mouth vigorously with the rinse.
Another method that could help would be to apply Orabase on the affected area. Orabase is dispensed over-the-counter at most pharmacies and it should help relieve you of some of the pain, at least temporarily.
If the pain and discomfort that you are experiencing is rather severe, you can take aspirin or whatever you normally take when you are having a headache or something similar.
Your lips, cheeks and tongue may also become irritated, especially during the first two weeks, but they will eventually toughen and become accustomed to the surface of the braces or brackets. You can simply put wax on the braces to lessen the discomfort and if you come to the clinic, we will show you how to use it.
Pain and discomfort from wearing the headgear is common, especially in the first few weeks, but it will begin to hurt less the more you wear it. It is also important for you to note that if you are prescribed to wear a headgear and you are feeling some discomfort that is caused by it, often the issue is that you are not wearing it properly. There are specific instructions that your orthodontist is going to provide and you will need to follow them.
If you find that the facebow is bent, you will have to call the office immediately so that we could assist you.
If you find that any component or part of your appliance is poking out and have been damaged, you can place some wax on the offending part of your appliance to protect your mouth, at least until you are able to schedule an appointment with us.
Brackets and bands can easily be dislodged from your teeth, but if you find that the brackets or bands are still attached to the wire, you should just leave it in place and put wax on it. If the bracket has completely dislodged itself, just keep it wrapped up in a tissue and bring it with you to your appointment.
Using tweezers, you can easily try to put the wire back into place. The tweezers and the wax will be your first action; if this does not work, you can use a small fingernail clipper as a last resort, to clip the wire poking out behind the last tooth, where it is securely fastened. You can also use wax to help if any pain and discomfort persists.
With the help of a pencil eraser (specifically the eraser end of the wooden pencil), you will need to push any poking wire down or you can simply put some wax over it to alleviate the discomfort you are feeling.