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Braces Repairs & Emergencies With Braces

Sore Teeth & Discomfort With Orthodontic Treatment

Right after you get your braces, and sometimes after you have an adjustment appointment, your teeth and mouth will feel sore. To alleviate the pain, you may take acetaminophen or other non-aspirin pain relievers while you adjust to your new braces. You can also gargle lukewarm saltwater, which is a mixture of one teaspoon of salt dissolved in eight ounces of water. In addition, a warm wash cloth or a heating pad may also reduce the soreness in your jaws. Below are additional emergencies with braces and orthodontic treatment.

Loose Wire

Try putting the wire back in place using tweezers that have been washed and sterilized in alcohol. If that does not work, try putting wax over the wire where it is poking you. If you have a situation where you must cut the wire, you may use fingernail clippers that have been washed and sterilized in alcohol. Cut the wire behind the last bracket in which it is secured.

Lost Separator

Most patients lose a separator during their treatment. Do not worry about losing a separator, but please call our office to see if it needs to be replaced.

Loose Bracket

First of all, call our office to see if the bracket needs to be re-fitted. 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 sterilized in alcohol. Please call our office the next business day to schedule a repair appointment.

Fixed Expander Instructions

Follow the instructions provided to you by Dr. Stryker as to how often you are to turn the expander key. To turn the key, simply insert the key into the hole and turn towards the arrow. Stop turning the expander if you are unable to keep your appointment.

Wire Irritations

Try moving the wire away from the irritated area with a cotton swab or eraser. If the wire will not move, try covering the end of it with a small piece of cotton or a small amount of wax. If the wire is painful, you can cut it with nail clippers or scissors that have been washed and sterilized in alcohol.

Athletics

Consult Dr. Stryker about special precautions that should be taken while playing sports while in braces. Furthermore, we recommend patients playing sports wear a protective mouthguard to avoid damage to the teeth, gums and mouth if an accident occurs. Contact us immediately if an accident occurs and the patient’s teeth are loosened or the appliance is damaged.

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590 Lynn St. (North Highway 5)
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100 Lafayette Cir.
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