Call our office for your orthodontic emergency such as:
- The main wire has come out of the brace or tube on a back molar tooth.
In the meantime, you may attempt to reinsert the wire with a pair of needle-nosed pliers or tweezers. If the wire is not sticking you, place a piece of wax over the area. If the wire is sticking you and wax does not help the wire can be cut with a small wire cutter or nail clipper close to the back of the last brace.
- The “stop” or dimple is centered in the front but the wire is still poking your cheek.
- A clear aligner or metal brace comes loose from a tooth and becomes a source of irritation. It may be necessary to schedule a separate visit to repair the loose brace(s) since repairs of this nature usually take additional time.
- A part of your braces or retainer breaks. Save the piece and bring it with you to your next visit
Contact us now to make an appointment or for any questions.
Our Emergency Orthodontist Quick Fix Guide
Braces & Retainers
- If your teeth are sore after a visit, we generally recommend that you take an analgesic such as acetaminophen (e.g., Tylenol) or ibuprofen (e.g., Advil, Motrin). This, of course, is the protocol only if there are no known allergies to these medications. Rinsing with Peroxyl or a cup of warm water and a teaspoon of salt can also be soothing.
- You may notice some small spaces developing between your teeth while you have braces on. Don’t panic! This is normal and expected as teeth move into different positions, particularly in the early stages of orthodontic treatment. They will be closed eventually.
Extra Tips for Braces : Our Braces Care Guide
- If a rubber spacer falls out, try to replace it yourself by threading a couple pieces of floss through it and then pulling it under and up between the teeth. Then remove the floss.
- If you experience any bleeding when brushing or flossing, that usually means there is a local area of infection. Continue to keep the area clean by brushing, flossing and rinsing with Listerine. If a particular area is painful or you notice a bump of any sort, you should address this to your orthodontist as soon as possible.
- If food becomes stuck between your teeth, use dental floss or a proxy brush to dislodge the food.
Attached to your braces, orthodontic elastics (rubber bands) exert the proper force that creates the right amount of pressure to move teeth. In order for this force to remain constant, the orthodontic treatment for elastics must be worn all the time and changed after each meal. Any time missed in wearing your elastics will only make your treatment take longer, so remember these things:
- You are responsible for placing the orthodontic elastics on your braces between appointments. Make sure to wear them as instructed. Remove them only when brushing your teeth, gums and braces after meals. Then put your elastics back on immediately.
- Always carry a few elastics with you, so if one breaks you can replace it right away. If your supply is low, call the office and we will mail you an additional supply of orthodontic elastics.
- If you forget to insert your elastics one day, don’t double up the next day- just follow your regular instructions.
- Elastics become worn out. When they lose their elasticity, they don’t provide the proper pressure on your teeth and jaws. It is very important to change them after each meal, even when they are not broken, as they weaken quickly.
- If your orthodontic elastics break frequently, a wire or band loosens, or a hook breaks off – call our office immediately. Don’t wait until your next appointment. These problems need to be corrected as soon as possible.
Removable Dental Retainers Orthodontic Treatment
The removable retainer is carefully designed to move or to hold your teeth. It is important that it is worn according to instructions and brought to each appointment for orthodontic treatment.
- Wear your retainer at all times, even while you are asleep. It may be removed while eating, swimming, or playing vigorous sports activities. In two or three days your speech will return to normal with the retainer in place.
- Avoid flipping your retainer with your tongue. This can cause damage to your teeth or breakage of your retainer.
- Your new retainer may make your teeth sore for a day or two, especially after an adjustment. If you have a sore spot on your gums call our office so that we can adjust the retainer.
- Clean your retainer by brushing it daily with toothpaste. Denture cleaner (e.g., Efferdent, Fixodent or Polident) can also be used for a more thorough cleaning. If you are wearing a bonded wire retainer behind your front teeth, be extra careful to clean the wire and the area around it. Flossing should be done every day.
- Never wrap your retainer in a paper napkin or tissue and set it down on the table. You or someone else may throw it away. Don’t put it in your pocket when playing or you may break or lose it. Whenever it is not in your mouth it should be in its plastic retainer case.
- Keep your retainer away from dogs or cats as they love to chew on them. Avoid storing them near any source of heat. Do not boil your retainer to sterilize it.
- An additional charge will be incurred for lost or broken retainer.