Emergency Brace Care:

As a general rule, you should call our office when you experience severe pain or have an uncomfortable brace problem, which you are unable to manage. We’ll be happy to schedule an appointment to resolve your discomfort.
You might be surprised to learn that you may be able to solve many problems yourself temporarily until you can get to our office. If there is a loose piece that you can remove, place it in a plastic bag or envelope and bring it with you to your next appointment. If your braces are poking you, put soft wax on the piece that is sticking out. If the wire has slid to one side, you can pull it back to the other side with needle-nosed pliers, replacing it in the tub on the back tooth.

General Soreness:

When you get your braces on or tightened, it is not unusual for your teeth to feel tender for 3-7 days. Stick to a soft diet until your teeth do not hurt while chewing. Irritated spots in your mouth can be relieved with a warm salt water rinsing. Dissolve one teaspoon full of salt in 8 ounces of water and rinse your mouth vigorously. Using Orabase, which is available in some pharmacies, may also help relieve the discomfort. If your teeth are very sore then Ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil) can be taken as directed. If you are allergic to Ibuprofen you can try Acetaminophen (Tylenol).
The lips, cheeks, and tongue may be irritated for one to two weeks as they become accustomed to the rough surface of the braces. Sometimes these surfaces form a temporary callous to protect themselves.

Poking Wires:

Use a pencil eraser to attempt to push the poking wire down, or place wax so that you can no longer feel the poking.

Loose Wires:

Try using a pair of tweezers or needle nosed pliers to reposition your wire. If you cannot put the wire into a comfortable position, then use wax or carefully chewed sugarless gum over the offending piece. If all else fails, a small fingernail clipper can maybe be used to cut the wire behind the brace.

Loose Brackets:

If your bracket is loose from the tooth, but still attached to the wire then you should leave it in place and put wax on the area as necessary for comfort. If the bracket can be easily removed, please place it in a plastic bag and bring it to your next appointment for replacement.