Simply contact the office during normal business hours and explain the situation. In the meantime, you can find temporary solutions to common braces issues throughout this page.
If you experience trauma to your face or mouth or feel emergency care is necessary, call Children & Teen Dental right away. Children & Teen Dental offers 24-hour, on-call urgent care service for patients, so call our office. Our emergency care answering service will contact our on-call staff, and we’ll make sure to take care of you as soon as possible. For emergency orthodontics care call: 205-758-3341
Tips for Handling Some Orthodontic Dental Emergencies:
Soreness from braces
Mouth sores from braces
Applying a topical anesthetic like Orabase or Ora-Gel will help you feel better, as well as help the sores heal. Reapply 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 lips and cheeks from braces
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. If the irritation persists, though, call us at 205-758-3341. You may need a little adjustment. Oh, and if you accidentally swallow the wax, don’t worry–it’s perfectly harmless.
Food caught between teeth behind braces
What to do if a colored O-tie comes off?
If your rubber ligature comes off, try to put it back in place with sterile tweezers. If a wire ligature comes loose, just take it out with sterile tweezers. If the wire ligature is sticking out into the lip but is not loose, you can try to bend it back with a Q-tip or pencil eraser. Be wary, though. If one ligature pops off or breaks, others may do so, as well. If ligatures continue to break, call your Children & Teen Dental office for a follow-up visit. You may be in need of an adjustment to make sure those stay on.
What to do if brackets come loose
The best thing to do if a bracket breaks or comes loose is contact the Children & Teen Dental office. He/She will want to examine your mouth and decide the best course of action to fix the bracket. Plus, he/she has all the tools and expertise to make the fix.
If you can’t get to your orthodontist right away, you can do a temporary fix to alleviate comfort and avoid further damage by using sterile tweezers to slide the bracket along the wire until it’s between two teeth. Rotate the bracket back to the proper position, then slide it back to the center of the tooth. Again, this is just a temporary fix to get you by until you can get to the Children & Teen Dental office, which should be as soon as possible.
What to do if a wire comes loose
If you can’t get the wire back to a comfortable position, cover it with relief wax to have a buffer between your braces and the area of your mouth that’s irritated. In an extremely bothersome situation, and as a last resort, clip the wire.
Reduce the possibility of swallowing the snipped piece by putting a folded tissue or piece of gauze around the area. Use sharp clippers and snip off the wire. Use relief wax if the area is still irritated. Make a follow-up appointment with Children & Teen Dental to make sure the braces are still secure and to get a different wire if necessary.