Braces Broken Bracket Poking Wire Braces Pain Aura Orthodontics
I'm Vishal Sharma from Aura Orthodontics.Today, we're going to talk about the most common emergencies you can experience as apatient: broken brackets, poking wires, and irritated gums and cheeks.So stick around we'll be back in a second. Let's talk about broken brackets.This is by far the most common orthodontic emergency.Few broken brackets can be cause by moisture contamination of the glue at the time of yourbonding appointment. That is why your orthodontist had to makesure to keep your cheeks away, have the saliva ejector in your mouth and maybe even somecotton.
However, most broken brackets are caused byeating hard foods or horse play. Your Orthodontist has probably given you alist of foods that you shouldn't eat during treatment.These foods are on this list because they can easily brake your braces.For now, let's focus on what to do if one of your brackets is broken.If the loose bracket is at the bracket you will want to remove the bracket from the wire.If you can keep the bracket in a ziplok back that is great.If not, don't worry about it we can replace it in a future visit.If the loose bracket is in the middle or the
front, then it may bounce up and down andcause you some irritation. If so, follow these simple instructions.Gently dry the bracket with some cotton. Take a small piece of wax from your containerand roll it into a ball. Then roll the wax over it so that it doesnot bother you. This should keep the bracket in place untilyour next appointment. After you place the wax on your bracket it'simportant to identify which tooth it came off of.Start counting from the back of your mouth, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and so on.Is it the top, the bottom, the left or the
right.At this time you should call our office and let us know.If it's an emergency and we need to fix the bracket right away, we can make an appointmentfor you. If you can wait, we'll probably advise youto use the wax until your next appointment. Next lets talk about poking wires.After your first appointment you may notice that your wire goes up and down quite a bitto meet your teeth. After a while as things begin to straightenout, there's no place for the wire to go except the back.Although this is a good sign, it maybe cause
you some irritation.If it's causing you some irritation, just do what we did with the broken bracket.Take a cotton roll Dry bracket at the back and the wire.Break off a piece of wax, roll it into a ball and gently place it over the bracket.This should cover the wire enough so that it doesn't bother you.If the wire is too long and it bothers you, simply call our office we'll have you in andclip the wire and take care of it for you. Lastly, let's talk about what to do if youhave irritated lips or cheeks. With all the new metal, wire, and braces inyour mouth your lips and cheeks take some
time to get used to it.Even your tongue. If you notice some irrigational spots on yourlips and cheeks, it's probably caused from the hooks on the braces.Maybe even the wire in the back. What you want to do is, you really want touse your wax. Simply dry all the braces that do bother you.Break off a little piece of wax and again gently roll them it over the hook.Usually this irrigational time lasts anywhere from 310 days, depending on the patient.So to review the Orthodontic emergencies. As you noticed, the most important thing isto learn how to use your wax.