Oral Emergencies in Mobile
Orthodontic emergencies are rare, but we’re always ready to assist you. For severe pain or complex appliance issues, contact our office immediately. We’ll promptly arrange an appointment to address the problem.
Many orthodontic concerns can be temporarily resolved at home. If a part of your appliance becomes loose, remove it carefully and bring it to your next appointment. It’s important to contact us for a professional repair, even after a temporary fix, to avoid disrupting your treatment plan.
Managing Soreness and Discomfort
After getting braces, it’s common to experience general mouth soreness and sensitivity for a few days. We recommend a soft diet and rinsing with a warm salt-water solution or a soothing mouthwash. For sore spots, Orabase can provide relief. For intense discomfort, Acetaminophen is recommended. Avoid pain relievers like Aspirin and Ibuprofen, as they can slow tooth movement.
Expect some initial irritation to your lips, cheeks, and tongue as they adjust to the braces. Applying dental wax can significantly reduce this discomfort.
Discomfort from headgear usually stems from incorrect usage. Always adhere to the provided instructions. If the headgear feels bent or uncomfortable, contact us for guidance. Consistent wear will lessen the discomfort.
Loose Appliances and Brackets
If your appliance or bracket becomes loose but remains attached to the wire, secure it with wax for comfort. If a bracket comes off completely, keep it safe and bring it to your next appointment.
Loose or Poking Wires
Loose wires can often be repositioned with tweezers. If the wire is uncomfortably poking and wax doesn’t help, carefully clip it with nail clippers. For any poking wires, gently push them down or cushion them with wax.
For situations beyond self-care, contact us immediately at (251) 660-7434. We provide 24-hour support for emergencies. In severe cases, such as a broken jaw, seek immediate emergency medical care.