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Minor Orthodontic Emergencies

At South Shore Orthodontics, we understand that orthodontic emergencies can occur anytime. Whether your braces or another orthodontic appliance breaks or becomes loose, or if you experience any severe pain and swelling, it is important to contact our team right away. Our orthodontists are equipped to handle minor orthodontic emergencies quickly and effectively. We will work to resolve the issue as soon as possible while minimizing discomfort and keeping your treatment on track. So, if you need assistance with a minor orthodontic emergency, don’t hesitate to contact South Shore Orthodontics today. We’ll get you back on track in no time!

Common Minor Orthodontic Issues

Orthodontic treatment means that your or your child’s teeth are moving. Four of the most common issues that you may experience include poking wires, loose brackets, wire, or elastic bands, and general soreness.

Poking Wires

One of the most common complaints about braces is that the wire can break or loosen, causing it to poke the inside of your mouth. This can make eating and talking uncomfortable. If this happens, use a cotton swab or Q-tip dampened with water to push the wire back. If the wire is short enough, you can also use nail clippers to cut the wire short. In a pinch, you can use orthodontic wax to cover the sharp part of the wire to keep it from poking your gums or cheek. If this continues to pose a problem, contact our team and we’ll quickly fix it.

Loose Bracket, Wire, Or Elastic Band

Another common issue is a loose bracket, wire, or elastic band. This usually isn’t a big deal and can be taken care of using a cotton swab or Q-tip to push the bracket or wire back into place. If you’re having trouble reattaching a bracket or putting an elastic band back in place, give our team a call; we’ll be able to help you over the phone or schedule an appointment for you to come in and have it fixed.

Broken Or Lost Retainer

If your retainer breaks, don’t panic! Stop wearing them. Call our office to get replacement retainers if your current set breaks or is lost.

General Soreness

It’s not uncommon to feel soreness in your mouth after getting your braces put on or adjusted; after all, your teeth are being moved! Taking over-the-counter pain medication like ibuprofen can help ease some discomfort and tenderness. Eating softer foods for a few days can also help – think soup, scrambled eggs, oatmeal, mashed potatoes, etc.- until your mouth adjusts to its new normal.