Please contact Ortega Orthodontics as soon as possible should you break or loosen any of your appliances. Call our office before coming in so we can make the time to treat you properly. If you already have an appointment scheduled, please let us know that you will need a repair during your visit. If you experience an orthodontic emergency outside of our office hours, contact our answering service, and we will get back to you as soon as possible.
A few simple habits are all you need to save yourself from having to make an unexpected trip to the orthodontist:
It’s relatively common for food to become stuck in braces, and this is a problem you can likely fix on your own. Just use either some floss or a proxy brush to remove the offensive debris, being careful to not damage the braces.
Ligatures, also known as elastics, are the small rubber bands used to keep the wires attached to the brackets. If one falls out, you can place it back using some tweezers. However, if your ligatures are falling out all the time, give us a call so we can help you figure out why.
Often, there is an adaptation period after getting braces or receiving an adjustment. You will likely experience some soreness or discomfort in your teeth for a few days. Wax, over-the-counter pain relievers, and warm washcloths can help to ease these sensations until they finally subside.
The soft tissues of the gums, lips, and cheeks will likely feel a bit irritated in the days right after braces have been put on. This is completely normal, and the mouth should adjust in less than a week. In the meantime, rinsing with warm salt water or placing dental wax over particularly tender areas can provide immediate relief.
A wire may poke your gum or cheek and cause discomfort throughout orthodontic treatment. You may be able to redirect the wire at home by moving it with your toothbrush or the eraser end of a pencil. If you are unable to bend the wire, contact our office for an appointment. If you experience a loose wire and are unable to push it back into place, contact our office and place wax over it in order to soothe your discomfort until you can be seen in our office. Should your main arch wire break, please call Ortega Orthodontics for an emergency visit.
If you experience a loose bracket, please contact our office as soon as possible. If your loose bracket remains attached to the wire, leave it in place until your visit and use wax to ease any discomfort. Should the bracket come completely off, simply slide it off and bring it to your appointment.
This doesn’t happen often, but it’s still a possibility in the case of an accident. Have the person open their mouth and see if you can spot the appliance. You can try to remove it yourself if you’re able to reach it. If it’s gone and the person is starting to cough, head to your local ER immediately.
If the face/mouth have experienced physical trauma, it’s best to contact our office right away. We can assess any damage to the teeth/orthodontic appliances and provide necessary repairs. However, if there is heavy bleeding or the likelihood of a broken jaw, you should visit the ER first.