Orthodontic
Emergencies

Some orthodontic problems can be dealt with by yourself if an emergency visit to your orthodontic specialist is not possible.

The following section provides suggestions on how to deal with some of these problems:

  • Tooth pain after the braces have been adjusted
  • Irritation of lips and cheeks
  • Ligatures come off the brace while eating sticky foods
  • Brace is knocked during sport or while eating a hard food
  • Protruding Wire

Other orthodontic emergencies are preventable. The following are some examples:

  • Storing a removable appliance or retainer
  • Removing an appliance or retainer when eating out
  • Removing Headgear

Tooth pain after the braces have been adjusted

A frequent problem is tooth pain for several days after the braces have been adjusted. This tends to make eating more difficult. One suggestion is to make sure soft foods are available. Another simple step to take is to use non-prescription pain relievers such as you would for a headache. Examples of these are Tylenol or Advil.


Irritation of lips and cheeks


Ligatures come off the brace while eating sticky foods


Brace is knocked during sport or while eating a hard food


Protruding Wire


Ways to prevent Orthodontic Emergencies

Storing a removable appliance or retainer

A removable appliance or retainer is only safe in two places. In your mouth or in the retainer case provided by your orthodontic specialist. Never place them in a purse, pocket or anywhere else where they can be damaged.


Removing an appliance or retainer when eating out

When eating out it is recommended that you remove your retainer. All too often the retainer case is not available. Please, do not wrap the retainer in a tissue or napkin. This eventually results in the retainer being discarded.


Removing Headgear

When removing your headgear, always disconnect the strap prior to removing the metal facebow. Failure to disconnect the strap could lead to serious injury.