It’s important not to panic! True orthodontic emergencies are very 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 immediate appointment to resolve the problem.
What To Do
You might be surprised to learn that you can temporarily solve many problems yourself!
After alleviating your discomfort, it is best that you still call our office 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.
When you get your braces on, you may feel general soreness in your mouth and your teeth may be tender to biting pressures for three to five days. This can be relieved by rinsing your mouth with a warm saltwater mouthwash. Dissolve one teaspoonful of salt in eight ounces of warm water, and rinse your mouth vigorously. Placing Orabase on the affected area may help; this can be found in a pharmacy. If the tenderness is severe, take aspirin or whatever you normally take for a headache or similar pain.
The lips, cheeks, and tongue may also become irritated for one to two weeks as they toughen and become accustomed to the surface of the braces. You can put wax on the braces to lessen this.
If any part of your braces is loose it might need to be adjusted or repaired. Place wax on the offending part of your appliance and call us for an appointment.
If you notice that one of your brackets or bands has become loose and is still attached to the wire, you should leave it in place and put wax on it to provide stability.
Using tweezers, try to put your wire back into place and add wax for stability. If doing this and using wax doesn’t help, as a last resort use a small fingernail clipper to clip the wire behind the last tooth to which it is securely fastened. If your discomfort continues, place wax on it.
Using a pencil eraser, push the poking wire down or into its original position until it is no longer irritating the surrounding tissue. Place wax on it to alleviate the discomfort.
Same-Day Orthodontics Treatments
Save valuable time by beginning your or your child’s best orthodontic journey the same day as the complimentary initial exam!
But, just because it’s quick to start doesn’t mean you’ll get a cookie-cutter treatment plan. Every smile is different, and our team at DaBell & Paventy Orthodontics is fully equipped to assess your current bite and smile to come up with a plan that will give you the beautiful smile you’ve always wanted.
Questions About Our Same-Day Appointments Or Emergency Dentist Services?
If you or your child have been in an accident or you are experiencing issues with your orthodontic appliances, call one of our Spokane area offices today for an emergency appointment.