True orthodontic emergencies are very rare. But when they do occur, the Braces Omaha team is here for you. You should call our practice when you experience severe pain or when you have a painful problem with your appliance that you can’t take care of yourself. We’ll be happy to schedule an appointment with you as soon as possible to resolve the problem.
If getting to our practice quickly is not possible, there are a few things you can do to temporarily resolve the problem yourself:
- Poking Wire. Using a pencil eraser, push the poking wire down or place wax on the affected area to alleviate the discomfort.
- Loose bracket or band. If your bracket or band is still attached to the wire, you should leave it in place and put wax on it. If the wire comes out entirely, wrap the bracket with a tissue.
- Loose wire. Using clean tweezers, try to place your wire back into place. As a last resort, you can use a small, clean fingernail clipper to clip the wire behind the last tooth to which it is securely fastened. If your discomfort continues, place wax on it.
- Loose appliance. If your orthodontic appliance is poking you, place wax on the part that is causing pain.
- General soreness. You may feel general soreness in your mouth and your teeth may be tender when you bite for the first three to five days after getting braces. This discomfort can be relieved by rinsing your mouth with a warm salt water mouthwash. Dissolve one teaspoonful of salt in eight ounces of warm water and rinse your mouth vigorously. Placing Orabase® on the affected area may help; this product be found in your local pharmacy. If the tenderness is severe, take Tylenol®, ibuprofen, or whatever you normally take for headache or similar pain. The lips, cheeks, and tongue may also become irritated for one to two weeks as they become accustomed to the surface of your new braces. You can put wax on the braces to help. Just ask our team at your appointment — we’ll show you how!
If parts of your orthodontic appliance are broken, it is very important that you call our practice as soon as possible so we can repair it in a timely manner. Allowing your appliance to remain damaged for an extended period of time may result in disruptions to your treatment plan and ongoing discomfort.
Emergency Orthodontics in Omaha, NE
If you are experiencing an orthodontic emergency, please call our practice immediately. We will assist you right away. If you follow the rules we provide, are mindful of problem foods, and protect your mouth with a mouthguard during sports, it’s very unlikely that you will have any orthodontic emergencies during treatment.