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“Beach Braces is here around the clock to help you with any braces emergencies.

Please contact us directly when necessary.”

True orthodontic emergencies are rare, but when they do occur we are available to you. As a general rule, you should call the office 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.

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.

 General soreness

When you get your braces on, you may feel general soreness in your mouth, and teeth may be tender to biting pressures for three or four days. Stick to a soft diet until your teeth do not hurt to chewing. Irritated gums and other sore spots can be relieved 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. An alternative (better tasting) mouthwash is the Healthy Gums Rinse by The Natural Dentist. Placing Orabase on the affected area may also help relieve discomfort; Orabase can be found in a pharmacy without a prescription. If the tenderness is more severe, take Acetaminophen (Tylenol) or whatever you normally take for headache or similar pain. Aspirin, Ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil) and Naproxen Sodium (Naprosyn, Anaprox) actually slow down tooth movement when used frequently, they should only be used when absolutely necessary while wearing braces.

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

 Headgear

Sometimes headgear discomfort is caused by not wearing the headgear as instructed by your orthodontist. Please refer to the instructions provided by Dr. Dask. Surprisingly, the headgear may hurt less as it’s worn more, so be sure you’re getting in the prescribed number of hours. If the facebow is bent, or is touching your front teeth, please call our office for assistance.

 Loose bracket

If your bracket or band comes loose but is still attached to the wire, you should leave it in place and put wax on it. Call us right away to schedule an appointment to repair it. If the bracket comes out entirely, please wrap the bracket in a tissue or place it in a ziplock bag and bring it with you to your appointment.

 Loose wire

Sometimes a wire will shift to the one side and come off the last brace on the opposite side. This would require using a tweezer to pull the wire back toward the side that is short and reinsert it into the last brace. This will typically correct the pokiness on the other side. If you are unable to do 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 securely fastened.

 Poking wire

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

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