It’s not uncommon to have a loose wire or periods of discomfort as a result of having braces, but are these scenarios considered a braces emergency?

Thankfully, although situations arise with traditional braces that may seem inconvenient, they typically don’t constitute an emergency.

Dr. Riesenberger’s office, we strive to make sure that our patients are educated and prepared to handle “all things braces.” And, in the rare event, you have a braces emergency, Dr. James Riesenberger is available 24 hours, seven days a week to address your needs.

Braces Emergency? Probably Not! Five Fixable Solutions You Should Know

Although pokey wires and sore teeth may initially feel worrisome, there is often an easy fix. The first inclination may be to panic and wonder if you have a braces emergency on your hands. More often than not, however, there is a simple solution that you can apply without having to call your orthodontist. Here are five common situations and solutions that braces recipients may experience and implement right from home:

  1. Braces-Emergency A Rogue Wire

Occasionally, an arch wire or will spring free. To prevent the wire from poking or irritating the side of the cheeks, a small piece of wax can help secure the wire back in place until your next visit to the orthodontist.

  1. Headgear Headaches

In the event that the rubber bands associated with a headgear piece become loose or detached, don’t try to fix it yourself—instead, discontinue use and schedule an appointment with your orthodontist.

  1. Sore Teeth

If soreness and discomfort occur following an adjustment to braces, there are a couple of solutions to try. First, try rinsing with warm salt water. Then, take a mild pain reliever such as Tylenol or Aspirin.

  1. Broken Wire

In addition to loose wires, braces wires can also break. Instead of enduring a dangling wire, you can use a fingernail cutter to remove the broken wire if it becomes too disruptive or causes pain. If you have any reservations or concerns regarding cutting the wire yourself, call the orthodontic office to see when the next available appointment is available.

A True Braces Emergency

Every once and awhile a true braces emergency can happen. Although rare, if either of the situations occurs, it’s crucial to call our office immediately:

  • For a toothache that is severe, appears to abscessed or seriously impacts overall wellbeing and daily lifestyle routines.
  • If a traumatic accident or injury has taken place.

Patients and parents of adolescent orthodontic patients often wonder if any preventative measures can be taken to minimize the potential for a braces emergency. As long as you practice routine oral hygiene and follow the instructions of your orthodontist, you’re likely doing all you can to avoid a braces emergency. Loose wires, broken wires, sore teeth, and similar issues are natural byproducts of having braces but aren’t considered emergencies.

One preventative measure that can be done and is important for sports enthusiasts is utilizing a customizable mouth guard. We frequently provide individualized mouth guards for our braces patients at Yardley Orthodontics to protect from potential negative impact and injury.

If you’d like to learn more about what qualifies as a braces emergency, or would like to know about the full orthodontic services we provide, please contact our friendly, professional, and skilled Dr. Riesenberger’s staff at 215-968-5471.