Emergency Orthodontist in Farmington Hills, MI
Orthodontic Emergency Care
True orthodontic emergencies are uncommon, but if they do occur, we are here to help. As a general rule, you should contact our office if you are in excruciating pain or have an unpleasant appliance problem that you are unable to resolve on your own. We’ll be able to set up a meeting to address the issue.
You might be surprised to learn that until you can come to our office, you may be able to address many issues yourself. If you can remove a loose piece, place it in a plastic bag or envelope and bring it with you to your next appointment. If your braces are poking you, apply soft wax on the protruding piece. If the wire has slipped to one side, use needle-nosed pliers to draw it back to the other side, then replace it in the tube on the back tooth.
After you’ve relieved your discomfort, it’s critical that you contact our office as soon as possible to schedule an appointment to fix the problem. Allowing your appliance to be damaged for an extended period of time may cause your treatment plan to be disrupted.
Treating General Soreness
For three to five days after getting your braces on, you may have general discomfort in your mouth and teeth that are tender to biting pressures. Stick to a soft diet until chewing no longer hurts your teeth. Rinse your mouth with a warm salt-water mouthwash to alleviate irritated gums and other uncomfortable places. Rinse your mouth aggressively with one teaspoon of salt dissolved in eight ounces of warm water. Take Acetaminophen or whatever you normally take for headaches or comparable pain if the tenderness is severe. Because aspirin, ibuprofen, and naproxen sodium slow tooth movement, they should not be used regularly when wearing braces.
For one to two weeks, the lips, cheeks, and tongue may feel irritating as they adopt a new posture and adjust to the braces’ surface. You can reduce this by putting wax on the braces. We’ll show you how to do it!
Treating Pain from Different Orthodontic Appliances
If you have headgear, not wearing your appliance as directed by your orthodontist can cause pain and discomfort. Please follow your orthodontist’s directions carefully. Please contact our office for assistance if the facebow (metal piece) is bent. The headgear should become less painful the longer you wear it, so make sure you get in the required number of hours.
Place wax on the bothersome part of your equipment, such as a retainer, if it is loose and poking you. If your bracket or band is loose but still linked to the wire, keep it in place and apply wax if necessary for comfort. Place the bracket or band in an envelope and store it to bring to your next appointment if it can be easily removed.
To deal with loose wires, use tweezers or needle-nosed pliers to try to reposition them. It’s fine to tie the wire into place with floss: wrap the floss around the bracket in place of the missing colored o-ring. If you can’t get the wire into a comfortable position and covering the end with wax isn’t working, snip the wire behind the final tooth to which it is securely secured with a small fingernail clipper as a last resort. If the wire’s end is still sharp, apply wax to it. The same goes for any loose wires – You can use a pencil eraser to put it back in to place and use wax so it no longer pokes you.