If you have a true orthodontic emergency like a hit to the mouth that can't be handled with one of the below suggestions and it's outside our regular office hours please call the office and follow the prompts so we can get back in touch with you. Someone from the team of Paquette Orthodontics will return your call as soon as possible.
Please don't wait until you arrive for you next regularly scheduled appointment to let us know about something loose or broken. If we know ahead of time, we can often adjust the length of your appointment to make the repair.
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Some of the more common problems are:
Try placing a generously sized piece of wax over the area that's poking. Some wire ends can be tucked out of the way with a pencil eraser. Call the office the next business day and we'll make arrangements for a repair if necessary.
Loose bracket or band:
If the bracket or band is still attached to the wire, it is ok to leave it where it is. If it is irritating, cover it with wax. If you don't have the wax we gave you at the start of treatment, any drug store has wax in the dental section. During regular business hours, please call us so that we can schedule time for a repair.
Wire out of molar tube: Try to put the wire back into the tube on the molar. Tweezers may be helpful. If you are uncomfortable, place wax over the area and call for an appointment.
Wire shifted or rotated:
Try to slide the wire back around. If it continues to poke you, put some wax over it and call the office for an appointment.
Soreness from your Braces:
It’s normal to have a little discomfort for a day or two after braces are put in or adjusted at future appointments. It’s not an emergency, but it can be uncomfortable, especially when trying to eat. Eating soft foods for a couple days may help. Soups, stews and macaroni and cheese are good choices. Over-the-counter pain relievers like acetaminophen or ibuprofen can help, too.
Mouth Sores from your Braces:
With traditional braces, you might experience a few mouth sores. These sores may appear inside the cheeks, or on the lips or even on the tongue. These sores are common, and unfortunately may be uncomfortable.
Applying a topical anesthetic like Orabase or Ora-Gel will help you feel better, as well as help the sores heal. Re-apply the anesthetic as often as you need to, and apply it with a cotton swab so you don’t introduce the area to possible infection.
Irritation of the Lips and Cheeks from Braces:
With braces, you have an appliance in your mouth that it simply isn’t used to. It will take a little time for your mouth, cheek, lips and tongue to get used to the new appliance. To help you with some of the irritation, Paquette Orthodontics provides you with relief wax. Pinch off a small piece and roll it into a ball. Flatten it and push it on to the area of the braces that is causing the problem. If the wax falls off, a piece of wet cotton wrapped around the offending attachment or even a small piece of orange peel can do the trick. You’ll be able to eat better, talk better, and feel better just by having a little buffer between your braces and your cheek or lip.
Food Caught Between the Teeth Behind Braces:
Getting food stuck in between your teeth and behind your braces can be uncomfortable and even a little embarrassing. It’s an easy fix. All you need is a piece of dental floss. Tie a small knot in the middle of the floss to help remove the food. If you don’t have dental floss, try an interproximal brush or pick, or even a regular toothpick. But please always be gentle as to not hurt the gums or damage the braces.