Additional Care / Emergencies
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True orthodontic emergencies are very rare, but if there’s an urgent issue we’re available to help. After hours, please contact the office and leave your contact information and a detailed message, and we will get back to you ASAP. We may not be able to schedule you with Dr. Kamelchuk right away, but the rest of our Team will take care of you.
For other non-urgent problems that you’re not able to handle yourself by using the information on this page, please contact our clinic to schedule an appointment and we’ll help you resolve what’s wrong.
Sore and Tender Teeth
Your may feel general soreness when you first get your braces put on, or after coming in for adjustments. This may last for 3-5 days and will be particularly noticeable with biting pressure. For relief you may try:
- Rinsing vigorously with warm salt water (a glass of warm water + 1 tsp. of salt)
- Taking acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Advil) according to the instructions on the bottle
- Gently chewing non-stick gum as a "tooth massage"
Tender Cheeks, Lips and/or Tongue
The soft surfaces in your mouth may take a couple of weeks to toughen up and adjust to the potentially irritating surfaces of your braces. If your braces or wires are causing irritation, you may apply a piece of soft wax or silicone on the problem area. We will provide this and show you how to use it. Additional orthodontic wax or silicone is also available at most grocery stores or pharmacies.
If the irritation is more problematic, you may rinse several times a day with warm salt water (a glass of warm water + 1 tsp. of salt).
It is perfectly normal for some of your teeth to feel loose. They need to loosen in order to move into their newly aligned positions, and they will become stable again at the end of treatment.
This is not entirely uncommon, but you will need to make an appointment with us so we can fix the problem. If the bracket is causing irritation, you may place a piece of wax on it.
You can sometimes tuck the tie-wire away, perhaps under your archwire, using the eraser end of a pencil. This solution may last until your next appointment, but if you have continued irritation place a piece of wax over the wire and make a quick appointment with us to get the problem fixed.
Your archwire may move and pop out of an end bracket, causing it to stick out and poke the inside of your mouth. Place a piece of wax on the wire to hold it against the bracket, and make a quick appointment with us to get the problem fixed.
If an elastic band comes loose and goes missing, you may make a quick appointment.
Orthodontics and Athletics
If you play sports, it’s important that you talk to us about special precautions that you will need to take. A protective mouthguard will be recommended if you play contact sports, or other activities where a blow to the face may even be possible (e.g. soccer, basketball, baseball, skiing, etc.) A mouthguard that fits around your braces will provide the best protection.
If an accident occurs involving your face, immediately check your mouth and your braces or retainer. If any teeth have loosened or there’s damage to your appliances, please contact us as soon as possible to let us know. In the meantime, treat your discomfort as you would treat any general soreness.
White Marks on Teeth after Braces Removed
Once your braces are removed, if you notice white marks around where your brackets were, this is decalcification. It occurs if you didn’t practice good oral hygiene while you had braces, and plaque built up around your brackets and caused decay. In some cases, you may notice a darker stained area that may actually be a cavity. It’s important that you visit your general dentist to have your teeth cared for.