Emergency Orthodontic Care
Most orthodontic concerns can wait until the office re-opens. However, in the case of an emergency, you can always reach Bovenizer & Baker Orthodontics after hours. Please review the suggestions to some common issues below. If you are still in need of after-hour assistance, please call our office and you will be instructed on how to reach the doctors or the on-call orthodontic clinician.
Sore Spots on the Cheek
When you first receive your braces or your orthodontic appliance, sore spots may develop on your cheeks. To protect your cheek, place wax on the offending bracket, wire or appliance. During non-sleeping hours, cotton rolls can be placed between the appliance and your cheek to provide relief. Rinsing with warm salt water several times a day is very soothing to your gum and cheek tissues. The cheeks will toughen up after a short while. If you have used all of the wax provided to you, orthodontic wax can be purchased at a drug store and we will be happy to supply you with more on our next working day.
Soreness from Your Orthodontic Treatment
You may take an over-the-counter pain reliever such as Tylenol or Advil as you would for a headache or similar discomfort. Soreness can be expected for 3-5 days after an adjustment. Good toothbrushing, warm saltwater rinses several times a day and very carefully chewing on a half piece of sugarless chewing gum will help alleviate the pain and help your mouth feel “back to normal” much more quickly.
Please call us on the next business day if you have a loose bracket. A broken bracket is not an orthodontic emergency, but a broken or loose bracket should be fixed in a timely manner.
If your expander or Herbst appliance becomes loose, please contact our office immediately.
Loose Retainer Wires
If your bonded retainer wire becomes loose, please contact our office immediately.
If you have a poking wire, place wax over it. If the wax does not help, try using a pencil eraser to push the wire to the side so it will not poke you. You can also refer to the Wire Poke video for instructions on how to clip the wire.
Poking wires are very common as the teeth move. If there is still significant discomfort after you have tried the above, you may call our office for an appointment.
Injuries from Your Treatment
If you have a traumatic injury resulting in cuts to your lips or gums, or if you have a loose tooth, please contact our office immediately. If you have broken any part of a tooth, you will need to contact your family dentist. If you suspect that your jaw has been injured or notice that your teeth have been moved by the accident, you may also need to be seen by an oral surgeon.