At Stellar Smiles Ortho, we want to be there for you every step of your treatment so you can be as comfortable as possible while achieving the smile of your dreams. We understand that you may have a few accidents or emergencies on the journey to your stellar smile. Generally, there aren’t many times where an orthodontic issue is truly an emergency, and they can typically be taken care of at home.
Whenever one of these situations happens, there is no need to worry. Our team is ready to help you and ensure that your treatment carries on without any issues. While we are happy to tend to these emergency situations as quickly as we are able, we know there is often some discomfort in the moment. There are a few tips and tricks you can use to feel more comfortable in the face of an accident so that you don’t have to deal with any pain leading up to an emergency appointment. Depending on the area of your mouth affected, you can use a combination of these methods to temporarily address the issues.
General Soreness or Toothache
While you are getting used to your appliance or your teeth begin to shift into place for your perfect smile, you may feel some pain or discomfort as you adjust. This is completely normal and generally doesn’t last very long. That being said, we don’t want you to feel uncomfortable for a prolonged period of time. If the soreness doesn’t go away quickly, we suggest taking any over-the-counter pain medicine. Other helpful remedies include gargling salt water or holding a warm washcloth to your jaws to soothe the pain.
Irritation of Lips or Cheeks
Whether your wire is poking or your bracket is rubbing against your soft tissue, you don’t have to put up with any pain or discomfort. While it’s normal for there to be an adjustment period while you get used to the presence of the stainless steel appliance, there are things you can do to prevent it from irritating your mouth and causing discomfort.
You can take small amounts of braces wax and use it to cover the area that’s bothering you, and this should alleviate any discomfort. Make sure the brace and wire are completely dried with soft tissue paper – otherwise the wax won’t stick. If the issue persists, you can call and speak with one of our knowledgeable team members or make an appointment to get your braces checked.
If a bracket comes loose, it’s essential that you call our office and let us know about the situation so we can determine if it needs to be refitted. If you feel you need to cut the wire and slide the bracket off of your appliance, you can use cleaned fingernail clippers that have been sterilized with alcohol. If you cut the wire, make sure you schedule a repair appointment so nothing lengthens your treatment process.
Loose or Poking Wire
When a wire becomes loose, you can use sterilized tweezers to carefully put the wire back in place. If you aren’t able to fix the wire with tweezers, you can put wax over the loose end or cut the wire using fingernails clippers that have been sterilized in alcohol. It’s crucial to book a repair appointment so we can fix your appliance and ensure you have consistent pressure to gradually shift your teeth.
Problems with a Crown
If you lose a crown during treatment, you can attempt to reattach the crown to the tooth or implant using dental cement or denture adhesive such as Fixodent. You can also apply a topical anesthetic if the tooth is sensitive to relieve pain or discomfort.
The most important thing to remember in the face of an issue with your treatment is that there is no reason to panic. Most appliance issues can be easily solved and are not an immediate threat to your treatment progress. By following these tips, you can deescalate a situation and make sure your appliance is in good shape and you are comfortable. There are very few real emergencies in orthodontics, but if you do feel concerned about your appliance or it has been damaged, our highly skilled team is ready to help you along every step of the journey to a stellar smile.