Emergency care

True orthodontic emergencies are very rare, but when they do occur we are available to you. As a general rule, you should call the staff at Smiling Wide Orthodontics when you experience severe pain or when you have a painful appliance problem that you can't take care of yourself. We'll be able to schedule an appointment to resolve the problem. For urgent emergencies out of office hours, either email through the 'contact us' email section of this site, or telephone the out of hours phone number on the back of your appointment card.

You might be surprised to learn that you may be able to temporarily solve many problems yourself until you schedule an appointment with our office. When working with your appliances, you need to know the names of the parts of your appliances so you are able to identify what part is broken or out of place. After alleviating your discomfort, it is very important that you still call our office as soon as possible to schedule a time to repair the problem. Allowing your appliance to remain damaged for an extended period of time may result in disruptions to your treatment plan.

How do I fix…

Using a pencil eraser, push the poking wire down or place wax on it to alleviate the discomfort.

Using a tweezer, try to put your wire back into place. If doing this and using wax doesn't help, as a last resort use a small fingernail clipper to clip the wire behind the last tooth to which it is securly fastened. If your discomfort discontinues, place wax on it.

Sometimes headgear discomfort is caused by not wearing the headgear as instructed by your orthodontist. If the facebow is bent, please call our office for assistance. Surprisingly, the headgear may hurt less as it's worn more, so be sure you're wearing it for the correct length of time each day.

If your bracket or band is still attached to the wire, you should leave it in place and put wax on it. If the wire comes out entirely, wrap the bracket with a tissue.

If your appliance is poking you, place wax on the offending part of the appliance.

When you get your braces on, you may feel general soreness in your mouth and teeth may be tender for three to five days. This can be relieved by rinsing your mouth with a warm saltwater mouthwash. Dissolve one teaspoonsful of salt in half a cup of water and rinse your mouth out.

Your lips, cheeks and tongue may also become irritated for one to two weeks as they toughen and become accustomed to the surface of the braces. You can put wax on the braces to lessen this. We'll show you how!