There are very few true orthodontic emergencies. Most problems can be remedied at home. If you have a situation that you cannot resolve on your own, call us as soon as possible so we can fit you in for a repair appointment. In the meantime, this can assist in resolving many problems you may encounter during your orthodontic treatment. Please see attached picture with parts labelled.
Always follow the instructions of your treating orthodontist.
If your teeth are sore after your visit you may take Paracetamol and Nurofen or other non - aspirin pain relievers while you adjust to your new braces. Please follow instructions on packet. A warm wash cloth, heating pad or warm salt water rinses may reduce soreness in your jaws. A soft diet with nothing that requires chewing like rice and pasta or soup is also ideal.
During the first week after your braces are in place and routine adjustments are complete, you will likely feel some pain, soreness or discomfort. You may take Panadol or other non-aspirin pain relievers while you adjust to your new braces. A warm wash cloth or heating pad may reduce the soreness in your jaws.
If the main wire or a bracket comes loose, first call our office to see if the bracket needs to be re-fitted immediately, or if it can wait until your next scheduled appointment. Sometimes when braces are first fitted, brackets may come off as the glue may not take. Please do not become alarmed. If you have a situation where you must cut the wire or slide a bracket off the wire, you may use fingernail clippers that have been washed and sterilised in alcohol. Please call our office the next business day to schedule a repair appointment.
If the wire on your braces causes irritation, try moving the wire from the irritated area with a cotton swab. If the wire will not move, try covering the end of it with a small piece of cotton wool or a small amount of wax. If the wire is still painful, you can cut it with nail clippers that have been washed and sterilised in alcohol. A warm salty mouthwash can also assist.
If a separator comes out, call our office to see if it needs to be replaced. Some patients may lose a separator during treatment, which is common.
For more information about what to do in an orthodontic emergency, contact the friendly team at Peel Orthodontics today. Our office hours are Monday to Friday from 8:30am to 5:00pm. If none of the above information assists and it is outside these hours, please private message through Facebook and someone will be in contact. Alternatively, call your local dentist, emergency department at your local hospital, or Perth Children’s Hospital if emergency relates to a child.
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