Loose or Poking Archwires
If a wire causes irritation, push the wire away from the area using the eraser end of a pencil or a Q-tip. If the wire cannot be tucked away, cover the end of the wire with a small piece of wax or a cotton ball until you can see us for an adjustment.
If the main wire has come out of the tube on the back tooth, attempt to reinsert the wire with a pair of needle-nose pliers or tweezers. If the wire is not sticking you, place a piece of wax over the area. As a last resort, if you cannot visit our office, the wire can be cut with a small wire cutter or fingernail clipper close to the back of the last brace.
Loose Brackets or Bands
If a bracket becomes loose, it usually remains connected to the main wire by a small, colored rubber ring or small steel ligature tie. Tweezers can be used to reposition the brace if it flips around the wire and causes irritation. Call our office and inform us of the problem. If a piece of your braces break, save the piece and call our office to schedule a repair visit.
If a rubber spacer or separator falls out, call our office so we can arrange to replace it. If it happens a day before your appointment to put on braces or bands, you do not need to do anything.
If You Swallow Something
If you swallow a piece of your appliance, don’t panic. Most things that you swallow usually pass out of your body. If you are worried about something not passing through your GI tract we can order an x-ray to verify that it did pass. If you’re having trouble breathing and feel like you may have aspirated the piece, you should seek immediate medical attention. It’s possible you may have actually inhaled the piece and this calls for medical advice to verify the location of the piece and its effect on your breathing.
If a retainer cracks or breaks, remove the retainer from your mouth and bring all the pieces to our office for professional repair.
Sore Teeth or Sore Gums
You should take ibuprofen (Motrin/Advil) or acetaminophen (Tylenol) if your teeth feel sore after your appointment. REMEMBER TO CONSULT WITH YOUR PHYSICIAN BEFORE TAKING ANY MEDICATIONS, PARTICULARLY IF YOU HAVE A HISTORY OF ALLERGY TO A CERTAIN MEDICATION.
Rinsing your mouth with a cup of warm water and half a teaspoon of salt can also be soothing. If your teeth get sore suddenly in the middle of the month, give us a call. It is unusual for teeth to get sore several weeks after your last office visit.
If food becomes stuck between your teeth, use dental floss or a proxy brush to dislodge the food. If you cut your gums, tongue or the inside of your cheek, apply finger pressure to the bleeding site for several minutes. If the bleeding doesn’t stop, call your family dentist or our office.
Minor irritations and canker sores will heal much more quickly if you apply Zylactin or Orabase according to the manufacturer’s directions. You can purchase these products over the counter at most pharmacies and convenience stores.
After office hours contact our office at: 317-846-7001 and listen for the emergency cellular number.
During office hours- Phone: 317-846-7001