Fortunately, there aren't many urgent orthodontic problems. But, after hours help is necessary if you need it! Call the office at 672-0844 for more direction on how to get this complimentary help. Your time is valuable, so we will do our very best to help you over the phone first. However, if you are more comfortable having an in office evaluation, we’ll schedule an appointment.
Always exercise care and follow our instructions (especially wearing mouthguards!) to protect your braces and teeth.
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It is normal to feel general soreness when your braces go on, and teeth may be tender for 3 to 5 days. Stick to a soft diet until your teeth feel more comfortable. Cold foods and drinks can also help reduce the discomfort. Taking an alternating schedule of Advil (Ibuprofen) and Tylenol (Acetaminophen) for the first few days can also help quite a bit. Let us know if you need help with this.
Irritated gums and other sore spots can be relieved by using with a warm salt-water rinse. Simply dissolve 1/4 teaspoon of salt in 8 ounces of warm water. Remember, good hygiene also speeds healing since plaque has bacteria!
As your lips, cheeks and tongue become accustomed to the surface of the braces, you can use a pea-sized amount of wax on the brace or wire to help. If you need more wax, simply ask. Alternatively, you can also use Orabase on the affected tissue to help relieve discomfort. (Orabase can be found in pharmacies and grocery stores.)
Please call during business hours so we can determine the urgency for a repair visit. In the interim, try using wax to stabilize the brace.
If it is the thin metal wire tying down a brace, use a pencil eraser and gently tuck the poking wire down. If it is the base wire poking in the back, try using a peas sized amount of wax. Any soft tissue irritations can be treated with a warm salt water rinse (1/4 teaspoon of salt dissolved in 8 ounces of warm water), rinsing 3-4 times a day. If the remedies are not helpful, call the office for further assistance.