Braces Emergencies – How to Deal with Them

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Ok, well, ’emergency’ may not be the right word to use. However, wearing braces hurts sometimes. If some little thing is bothering you, we want to help. At Braces 4U, in Mackay, Bowen, and Cannonvale, Queensland, we want to be sure you are as comfortable as possible through your orthodontic treatment.

Our team is here to help you through any orthodontic urgencies you may be facing. If you have any questions about your braces or feel like something is a bit off to you, please do not hesitate to contact us. 

Maybe you feel your problem is tiny, or perhaps you’re out of town or on vacation. Regardless of the reason, there may be something you can try to remedy the issue quickly. Read below for a guide to common orthodontic problems and how you can help them.

Mouth Sores and Irritations

Mouth sores happen to most who wear traditional metal braces, especially in the beginning. You can treat sores and remove pain from the inside of your mouth by using a small amount of orthodontic wax over the area bothering you. You may also use a topical anesthetic, such as Ora-Gel, which helps relieve pain and gives you time to heal.

Pain or Discomfort

Braces put pressure on the teeth and jaw. Tooth soreness is expected around the tightening phases of your braces. There is an increased amount of force on your teeth that causes movement and soreness. Typically after a couple of days, the soreness goes away. 

To get a bit of pain relief, go with an over-the-counter pain reliever, making sure to follow the recommended dosages and not exceed the maximum amount stated.

Being uncomfortable in braces is a typical experience. However, it should not last more than a few days. If you are uncomfortable during treatment time for more than a couple of days, there is likely an underlying issue. Call us for a quick appointment.  

Lost Elastics

Losing an o-ring (tiny rubber bands) or the small wire in place of it is expected from time to time. The o-ring is essential to holding your braces together, so do not put off calling your orthodontist if it is lost. If it simply fell out, you might be able to reattach it yourself carefully with a pair of tweezers. 

Dislocated Wires

If you experience a poking archwire or an out-of-slot wire, you can use the wax over the wire until you can come and see us in person. You can also use a cotton bud to try and push the wire against your teeth until you can have it adjusted. Give us a call and schedule an appointment to get it fixed. 

Broken or Loose Brackets

If your bracket is loose or has snapped off, try using the orthodontic wax to hold it in place until you can have it fixed. Suppose the bracket has been significantly loosened and will not stay in position. In that case, you can take it with you to the orthodontist. Please do your best to keep track of the bracket.

If you are experiencing any oral health emergencies, we are always available to you. Reach out to us, and we will help you through your appliance problem as quickly and efficiently as possible.  

We want you to have the most pleasant experience straightening those crooked teeth and getting the beautiful smile you always wanted. Give us a call and ask about our other types of braces, such as lingual braces, tooth coloured ceramic braces, and Invisalign. We want to be your home for orthodontics in Queensland.


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