Orthodontic emergencies can occur even with the best dental care. Below are a few guidelines that can help resolve common issues. As always, contact us should you need further assistance. Our team would be happy to help.

I Am Missing An O-Ring. What Should I Do?

Patients can experience a missing o-ring (rubber band) or thin wire known as the ligature. These parts hold the wire in the bracket. Should this situation occur, disinfect a pair of tweezers and replace the o-ring (rubber band). If the ligature is loose, remove it with the tweezers. Additionally, if the ligature is sticking out, use a cotton swab to gently push it back into place. 

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The Wire in My Braces is Protruding

The end of the orthodontic wire can protrude causing irritation. You can use a clean cotton swab or disinfected tweezers to gently push the wire back into place. If you are unable to do this, use relief wax to cover the extending wire and contact us. 

My Mouth Feels Irritated

It’s common to feel mild irritation at times. Patients usually notice it when eating certain foods. Fortunately, you can use orthodontic relief wax to alleviate the irritated area. Roll a small piece of wax into a ball and flatten it. Then, place it over the part of your braces that’s causing the issue. This technique often works and the relief wax can be found at your local pharmacy.

My Teeth and Gums Hurt

Discomfort is common throughout your orthodontic treatment and can last a couple of days. This is because your teeth are shifting into their ideal position. If you feel discomfort, rinse with warm saltwater. You can also take over-the-counter pain medication. However, pain that lasts longer than a couple of days should be addressed to us.

I Have Mouth Sores

Mouth sores can occur due to irritation from the braces. It’s common for sores to appear in the inner cheeks, lip area, and tongue. We recommend applying an oral anesthetic such as Ora-Gel onto the sore. Use a clean cotton swab and repeat as needed. If the pain does not subside after a few days, contact us.

My Braces and Bands Feel Loose

Contact us if your braces or bands have become loose or damaged. Urgent care may be recommended.

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