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Martin Orthodontics

More Than Just A Smile

Emergency Info


True orthodontic emergencies are very rare. When an emergency does occur we are available to you. You might be surprised to learn that you may be able to temporarily solve many problems yourself by visiting our Patient Care Videos. If you are unable to resolve your concern or discomfort you should call the office to schedule an appointment. It is very important to have any loose or broken appliance repaired. Braces or appliances that remain damaged for an extended period of time may result in disruption 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 to five days.  Remember to use your bite wafer and if the soreness continues take what ever over the counter pain reliever you use for a headache or muscle soreness.

    The lips, cheeks and tongue may also become irritated for one to two weeks as they toughen and become accustomed to the surface of the braces. You can put wax on the braces to lessen this. You can also rinse your mouth with warm saltwater. (One teaspoon of salt in eight ounces of warm water)
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  • Loose Appliance


    If your appliance is poking you, place wax on the offending part of your appliance.
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  • Loose Bracket


    If your bracket or band is still attached to the wire, you should leave it in place and put wax on it. If the wire comes out entirely, wrap the bracket with a tissue.
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  • Loose Wire


    Using a tweezer, try to put your wire back into place. If doing 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. If your discomfort continues, place wax on it.
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  • Poking Wire


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