Emergencies - Orthodontic Problems

Lost Wire or Ligature

  1. If rubber ligature is found, you may be able to put it back in place using sterile tweezers.
  2. Contact orthodontist office during regular business hours.

Broken Wire or Ligature Poking

  1. Use a Q-tip or pencil eraser to push the wire so that it is flat against the tooth and/or cover with relief wax.
  2. Contact orthodontist office during regular business hours.

Food Trapped between Teeth

  1. Not an emergency, but can be uncomfortable.
  2. Tie a small knot in the middle of some dental floss to help remove or use an interproximal brush or toothpick to dislodge.

Discomfort

  1. Discomfort is normal for a day or two after braces or retainers are adjusted.
  2. To help alleviate pain, rinse with warm salt water or take an over-the-counter pain reliever.

Mouth Sores

  1. Application of topical anesthetic such as Ora-Gel as needed should alleviate discomfort.

Loose or Missing Bracket

  1. Notify the orthodontist office during regular business hours.

Piece of Appliance is Swallowed or Aspirated

  1. If aspirated (inhaled), call 911.
  2. If swallowed, contact your General Dentist.
  3. Notify the orthodontist office during regular business hours.
 
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