There are some situations we would class as an orthodontic emergency. In many cases, there are steps you can take at home to ease the discomfort until you can attend an appointment.
Bent or broken wires sticking into your gum or cheek
Occasionally, a wire may stick out from behind the molar bands as your teeth start to move. If this occurs, place wax on the exposed archwire for temporary relief and phone to arrange an appointment for it to be trimmed.
The first step should be to call either our practice to let us know your brackets have become dislodged. We will promptly arrange an appointment for them to be re-bonded. Generally this is not an emergency and can be done within a 2 weeks.
If more than one bracket has become loose, let our receptionist know so they can make sure the appointment window will accommodate the entirety of the procedure.
The most important thing to remember is to be very careful look after your braces as you would fine jewellery. Having loose brackets will tend to make your treatment run longer.
A loose molar band means we lose control of the tooth, and food may become lodged around it. Your band will need to be re-cemented.
Unless you already have an appointment scheduled within a few days, call our office to notify the receptionist that you will need an appointment within two weeks.
Sore or achy teeth are normal during orthodontic treatment, and are the result of the forces needed to move your teeth.
Most people experience soreness for a few days after having braces fitted, and occasionally after their regular orthodontic adjustment.
We recommend eating soft foods during this time and, if necessary, use a painkiller you would normally take for a headache. Please contact us if you experience severe or persistent pain.
Separators nudge the teeth apart so that bands can be placed. Should the space open relatively quickly, the separator can fall out. Unless you have an appointment within a couple of days, you will need to make an appointment to have it replaced.
If a separator becomes lodged under the gum and you are unable to remove it, contact us to arrange an appointment and one of our team will do it for you.