Orthodontic emergencies don’t happen very often, but minor problems are not uncommon. Most issues can be temporarily resolved until you are able to schedule an appointment with your orthodontist. It is helpful to know the parts of your braces and appliances so that you can tell your orthodontist what is wrong. Here are some of the typical issues that may arise when wearing braces.
If the bracket remains attached to the wire, leave it alone and just cover it with wax so that it does not irritate your cheek or gums. If the bracket is no longer connected to the wire, place the bracket in a safe place so that you can take it to your orthodontist.
Use tweezers to reposition the wire back into place, or use a nail clipper to cut the wire behind the last tooth where it is securely attached. Put wax over the wire to protect from yourself from irritation.
Do not try to remove any parts of your appliances yourself. If it is loose or poking you, place wax over the bothersome area until you can see your orthodontist.
Try using the eraser end of a pencil to push the wire out of the way so it stops poking you. If it is still uncomfortable, place wax on the wire.
If your headgear is uncomfortable, first consult the instructions provided by your dentist to ensure you are wearing it correctly. Also, wear your headgear for the recommended amount of time because it becomes more comfortable with wear. If the facebow is bent, call your orthodontist to see if an appointment is needed.
General soreness is normal when you initially get braces and after tightening adjustments. Take over-the-counter pain relievers, rinse with warm salt water, or place some oral gel on the affected area. While you’re getting used to the braces, you may experience irritation on your cheeks, tongue, or lips. Place wax on the braces in the irritating areas as needed until you become accustomed to them.