What to Do When You Have an Orthodontic Emergency

Orthodontic emergencies are uncommon, but they can occur when you least expect them. If you have traditional braces, you should read on - especially if you plan to travel this summer and want to have the confidence to correct some things yourself.

We share some of the most common emergencies and how to solve them in this latest blog. If you do encounter a situation that you can not resolve, please call our office for advice or to schedule an appointment.

Blue Wave Orthodontics Emergency Contact
(813) 695-3709 or (727) 415-7718
(Please use only in true painful orthodontic emergencies)

Sore Teeth
If your teeth are sore after an orthodontic visit, Dr. Randy Feldman suggests taking acetaminophen or other non-aspirin pain relievers while you adjust to your new braces. A warm washcloth, heating pad or warm salt water rinses may reduce the soreness in your jaws.

Irritation Due to Braces
To fix irritations of the mouth and gums due to braces, Dr. Ernest McDowell suggests moving the wire away from the irritated area with a cotton swab or eraser. If the wire doesn’t 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.

Loose Wire or Broken Bracket
Here’s some more specific advice on loose wires and broken brackets. If the wire is still attached to the bracket, leave it in place. If it's attached but sticking out, press it gently back into position. Use orthodontic wax to hold the broken bracket in place in your mouth until you can arrange to see us at Blue Wave. First, call our office to see if the bracket needs to be replaced. 

If a Separator Comes Out
If one of your separators comes off, first, call our office to see if it needs to be replaced. Some patients may lose a separator during treatment, which is common, and may not need to be replaced.

Traumatic Accidents
If a traumatic accident occurs to your mouth, use ice immediately to reduce swelling. If any teeth are displaced and don't fit together properly, arch wires are bent, or soft tissue is stuck in the braces, call our office to schedule an appointment immediately.

Loose Teeth
Loosening is common, as teeth must loosen before they can move. They will tighten following removal of braces or dental appliances.

Lost Retainers
Please call our office as soon as you lose your retainers. They are an important part of your treatment and ongoing success.

Our goal is for your orthodontic experiences to be pleasant, effective, and free from worry. Our doctors teach the basics of orthodontic emergency repair, so that you have the confidence to resolve any pain or discomfort quickly and after hours. Keep smiling.