136-20 38th Ave. Suite 5B, Flushing, NY 11354 (Queens Crossing)
Tel : (718) 661-1186
139 Centre Street. Suite 615, New York, NY 10013
Tel : (212) 625-0088
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There are very few true orthodontic emergencies and most of these problems can be resolved at home. However, if you have a situation that you cannot resolve on your own, please contact our office to schedule an emergency appointment as soon as possible, so we can help you to relieve the problem. The following information may help you to resolve some of the most common problems at home:
Soreness And Discomfort
It is normal for your teeth to feel some mild discomfort and soreness for 2-3 days after your initial braces placement and after each adjustment visit. Soft food may reduce the discomfort. If your teeth are sore and sensitive, you may take some over-the-counter pain relievers such as acetaminophen (Tylenol), or Ibuprofen (Motrin). We recommend that you take some over-the-counter pain medication which you have taken previously so you don't have any drug allergy. Warm salt water rinse may also help to reduce the soreness.
If your braces cause irritation or the wire is poking, you may try to move the wire away from the gum or irritated area with a cotton tip (Q tip) or small pencil eraser. If the wire is still poking, you may place small amount of wax to cover the irritated area. We will provide you with wax and show you how. Don't panic if the wax is swallowed accidentally, it is non-toxic and safe. If the wire is still poking and you are unable to see us anytime soon, you may have an adult person carefully cut it with a nail clipper or scissors which are sterilized with alcohol.
Loose Bracket Or Band
If a bracket is loose and the wire is not poking or causing any irritation, then you may leave the bracket along and we will be able to repair it on your next scheduled appointment. If the bracket or band is loose and detached from the wire, please save the bracket or band and ALWAYS bring it with you on your next visit.