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How to Respond to an Orthodontic Emergency

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You are on your way to reaching a healthier, straighter smile when your braces become damaged. Don’t worry. If this happens, call our office for an appointment with our orthodontist. Until your appointment, there are some things you can do to get help with common orthodontic problems.

Loose brackets – If there is a loose bracket, you can apply a piece of orthodontic wax to reattach loose brackets temporarily. Wax can also be placed over the bracket to provide a cushion between the bracket and the gums and other soft tissues of the mouth to increase comfort and protection.
Poking or broken wire – Use a cotton swab or a pencil eraser to move a poking or broken wire to a more comfortable, safer position. If the wire can’t be moved, place a small amount of orthodontic wax over the end to keep it from poking the inside of your mouth. If the wire is still causing discomfort, you can cut it with scissors or nail clippers. If a sore develops in your mouth from the wire, rinse with warm salt water or an antiseptic mouthwash.
Discomfort with braces – It is normal to feel discomfort for about a week after your braces are placed. After routine adjustments, discomfort is also normal. You may take a non-aspirin pain reliever to relieve discomfort. Placing a heating pad or a warm washcloth on the jaw can also relieve soreness.

To learn more about orthodontics in Wayne, New Jersey, and to schedule a visit with Dr. Muhammad Abey, contact Wayne Family Orthodontics today.