Last month we introduced Part One of our home care remedies blogs. Remember, there are very few "true" orthodontic emergencies. However, sometimes our patients might encounter a loose tooth, poking wire or some other problem with an appliance. Below is a list of common dental and orthodontic problems and how they may be remedied at home.
If you cannot resolve it on your own, call us as soon as possible so we can schedule a repair appointment
Traumatic Accidents - Use ice immediately to reduce swelling. If the teeth are displaced and don't fit together properly, arch wires are bent, or soft tissue is stuck in the braces, call our office to schedule an appointment immediately.
Loose Teeth - Loosening is common, as teeth must loosen before they can move. They will tighten following appliance removal.
Irritated Cheeks, Lips, or Tongue - Brackets may irritate soft tissues initially until the tissue toughens (as hands callous). Soft wax will ease the discomfort as does a warm salt water rinse.
Lost Retainers - Please call our office as soon as you lose your retainers.
Well, there you have it, some tips to help you RELAX and handle some home dental issues. Please share these with your friends and family. Thanks.