The Village Orthodontics team in Winnipeg is always here for you. We want to help you if a wire breaks, or if you are in need of emergency treatment.
Many orthodontic problems do not require immediate emergency treatment. However, if you are experiencing any of these issues, here are some tips that can help you with discomfort.
Many patients feel general soreness in their mouths, and experience tenderness and biting pressures for three to five days.
We advise our patients to relieve this by rinsing your mouth with a warm salt-water mouthwash. Dissolve one teaspoonful of salt in eight ounces of warm water, and rinse your mouth vigorously.
You can also place some Orabase on the affected area may help which can be found in a pharmacy. If the tenderness is severe, take aspirin or whatever you normally take for headache or similar pain.
Your cheeks, lips, 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!
Using a pair of tweezers try to put your wire back into place. As a last resort use a small fingernail clipper to clip the wire behind the last tooth to which it is securely fastened. If your discomfort continues, place wax on it.
If your bracket or band is loose but 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.
Poking WireUsing an eraser, push the poking wire down or place wax on it to alleviate the discomfort.
If your appliance is poking you, place wax on the offending part. It is very important that you 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 can result in disruptions to your treatment plan.