If you have an orthodontic emergency, our team at Charles L. Oakes, DDS, Inc. is here to help you! If you experience severe pain or if you have a problem with your appliance that you cannot fix yourself, please call our orthodontic office. We will schedule you as soon as possible! Until your appointment at our office, you can temporarily solve a number of problems yourself. Do not allow your orthodontic appliance to remain damaged for an extended period of time, as this can result in disruptions to your treatment plan and can extend your treatment length. Be sure to call our office immediately if you have any problems with your orthodontic appliance.

General Soreness
When you first get your braces, your mouth may feel sore and your teeth may be tender when biting for three to five days. To help relieve the tenderness, try rinsing your mouth with a warm saltwater solution. Mix one teaspoon of salt into eight ounces of warm water, and swish and gurgle (but do not swallow) the saltwater for a couple minutes. You can place Orabase, which can be found in a pharmacy, on the sore areas as well. If the saltwater does not help, you can take a pain reliever (such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen). Your cheeks, lips, and tongue may feel irritated and tender as they get used to your braces as well. Place wax on your braces to help lessen the irritation. To learn more about how to relieve soreness and irritation with your new braces, contact our team at Charles L. Oakes, DDS, Inc.!

Loose Appliance
If your orthodontic appliance pokes you, place wax on the part that pokes you.

Loose Wire
If a wire comes loose, you can use tweezers or needle-nose pliers to gently move the wire back into place. If attempting to move the wire and placing wax on it does not help, use a small fingernail clipper to clip the wire behind the last tooth to which it is securely attached. Place wax on the end of the wire if it causes discomfort.

Poking Wire
You can use a pencil eraser to carefully push the poking wire down. Place wax on the wire to lessen irritation.

Loose Bracket
If your bracket or band comes loose but is still attached to the wire, leave it in place and use wax to reduce irritation. If the band comes off, save it in an envelope or plastic bag and be sure to bring it to our Mesquite, Texas orthodontic office at your next appointment.