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, a cotton ball, or a piece of sugarless gum until you can see Dr. Claudia for an adjustment.
If the main wire has come out of the tube on your back molar tooth, attempt to reinsert the wire with a pair of needle-nosed pliers or tweezers. If the wire is not hurting you, place a piece of wax over the area. If the wire is poking you and wax does not help (as a last resort if professional help is unavailable) the wire can be cut with a small wire cutter or toenail clipper close to the back of the last brace.
In case an elastic spacer (separator) falls out, contact our office and we would be happy to replace it for you. If you swallow this it will pass through your digestive system in a few days.
If a bracket becomes loose, it usually remains connected to the main wire by a little rubber colored elastic. Eyebrow tweezers can be used to reposition the brace if it flips around the wire and becomes a source of irritation. Call our office to schedule an appointment as soon as possible as a broken bracket may result in a shift of your teeth.
Remain calm if you swallow a piece of your appliance. This will usually go into the stomach, passing out of the body in a bowel movement. However, should difficulty breathing be experienced you should seek immediate medical attention. X-rays will be taken to determine the location of the swallowed piece.
If a retainer cracks, remove the retainer from your mouth, and bring all the pieces to our office for professional repair or replacement as soon as possible, as your teeth may start to shift.
Take aspirin, Tylenol, or ibuprofen (unless allergic) as directed, if your teeth are sore after a monthly visit.
Topical Benzocaine can be purchased from your local pharmacy or superstore to help the pain from any sore areas or ulcers.
Rinsing your mouth with a cup of warm water and a teaspoon of salt can also be soothing to irritated gums.
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 does not clot, call Dr. Claudia or your family dentist.