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During the course of orthodontic treatment, situations may occur that cause discomfort with your braces, Invisalign®, or other orthodontic appliances. It is common for teeth to be very tender for about a week after the initial placement of the orthodontic appliances and also after each adjustment. Other orthodontic inconveniences and repairs may require a call or visit to the office, and we are always available to serve you and answer questions concerning your treatment.

Soreness Caused by Braces and Appliances

When you first get your braces or aligners, you may notice that your teeth and mouth feel a little tender or sore. This is perfectly normal, and the soreness should subside in a few days.

Ways to relieve discomfort from braces: Take pain reliever as directed, or try rinsing with warm salt water as follows: by dissolving one teaspoon of salt in eight ounces of lukewarm water, swish and gargle this solution in your mouth for just a couple of minutes, but do not swallow the salt water.

It is not uncommon for your lips, cheeks, and tongue to become irritated for one to two weeks as they toughen and become used to the braces. Remember to use the wax that we provided to put over the braces that are causing irritation.

Repair or Emergency?

Many times orthodontic repairs can be handled at your next regular appointment, while others may require an office appointment or even emergency treatment.

Orthodontic Repairs

If you experience any of the following situations, please call our office during regular business hours to determine if a repair appointment is needed or if the issue can be handled at your next scheduled visit:

  • Loose bands or brackets

  • Broken arch wire

  • Elastic ligatures/bands

  • Broken or lost appliances

  • Poking wires

Until your appointment, the following at-home solutions can help:

Loose Bands or Brackets

If you have a loose band or bracket, try to remove the loose piece with slight finger pressure. You may have to remove the tie wire or elastic ligatures first, which can be done using a fingernail clipper. Brush well around the area and save your band or bracket to bring to your next appointment.

Broken Arch Wires

For broken arch wires, simply cover the loose ends with orthodontic wax. If you are out of wax, it is also available at most pharmacies such as Walgreens or CVS. In a pinch, a piece of sugar-free chewing gum can be a temporary aid in place of wax.

Broken or Lost Appliances

If you have a broken appliance or retainer, stop wearing it and call our office to schedule a repair appointment. If your appliance is only cracked but not broken, you can continue to wear it.

Orthodontic Emergencies

If you experience an orthodontic emergency during our normal business hours, please call our office  or email Admin@ShawanoOrthodontics.com. In the case of an emergency after-hours, call our emergency orthodontic line at (715) 853 7807 or (715) 853-8419 and an Orthodontic Assistant will contact you as soon as possible.

Orthodontic emergencies include:

  • An injury

  • Significant pain

  • An infection

We are always available to answer questions and concerns about your treatment.