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Emergency Orthodontic Care
At Forest Park Orthodontics, we know that problems with your orthodontic appliance or braces can arise unexpectedly. While these instances might not be true emergencies, they can cause a great deal of discomfort and annoyance. Here, you can find information on how to reduce any pain or further damage in the time between when the problem occurs and when you arrive at our Forest Park, Illinois office for emergency care. Whatever you do, don’t allow your appliance or braces to remain damaged for a long period of time. This will only serve to lengthen your treatment!
Poking Wire: If a wire is poking your soft tissues, you can use a pencil eraser to push it back into place. If this doesn’t work, place wax on the sharp end to deaden the effect.
Loose Bracket or Band: If the bracket or band is still attached to the wire, place wax over the problem spot and visit our office. If they come completely off, bring them with you to your appointment.
Loose Wire: If you cannot successfully get the wire back into place with tweezers and wax isn’t helping, you can use fingernail clippers to cut the wire behind the last tooth.
Loose Appliance: When you’re being poked by an appliance, it will help if you place wax on it. If parts of the appliance actually come off, save them; we may be able to repair the damage if we have the pieces.
General Soreness: If you experience soreness after braces have been placed, you can reduce the discomfort by rinsing your mouth with warm salt water. To make a solution, place one teaspoon of salt in 8 ounces of warm water and swish vigorously. You can also use Orabase, which can be found at the pharmacy, or take Advil or Tylenol as directed.
If your orthodontic appliance or braces have been damaged, contact our Forest Park, IL office for an immediate appointment. Don’t let the problem persist; find relief and improve your care with a trip to Forest Park Orthodontics.