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At Peach Orthodontics, we know that no matter how careful we might be, accidents can still happen to each of us. When these accidents do happen, please do not hesitate to contact Dr. Brent Rickheim and his team to receive excellent orthodontic care in a timely manner. Some common orthodontic emergencies that you may experience are as follows:

  • Loose brackets or bands
  • Poking wires or irritations
  • Lost separators
  • Infection or swelling
  • Overall discomfort or severe pain following orthodontic treatment.

Even if you have a regular scheduled appointment coming up soon, we strongly encourage you to call our office, so we can provide you relief as soon as possible. Whether it is a broken wire or more severe damage to your mouth or appliances, our team is prepared to offer you solutions that will keep your smile straight and healthy. If you or someone you know suffers an orthodontic emergency in Post Falls, Idaho, please contact us as soon as possible to schedule your appointment with our orthodontist!

Emergency Tips

Loose brackets or bands

If a bracket becomes loose, try covering it with dental wax to reduce any discomfort. In the case of a loose band, contact our office for an appointment to have it cemented back into place. If the band falls off, do not try to reattach it. Bring it with you to your appointment

Poking wires or irritations

If you have a broken wire, or a wire that is irritating you, you might try gently pushing it back into place. You can also cover it in dental wax to reduce any irritation you may experience. Rinsing with a mixture of half-teaspoon of salt and 8 ounces of water can help reduce your discomfort and soothe any sores that may have been caused by the wire. You might also want to try rinsing with an antiseptic mouthwash and applying a topical pain reliver. Do not cut the wire unless our tells you to do so.

Lost separators

If you lose a separator, call our office for an appointment. In most cases, this is an indication that you need to have a new band placed.

Infection or swelling

Call our office immediately at the first sign of infection or swelling. We will schedule you for an appointment or depending on your condition, we may advise you to visit the emergency room. An ice pack or cold pack can be used to reduce swelling. NASIDS, or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen may help to reduce the pain and swelling.

Overall discomfort or severe pain following orthodontic treatment.

If you are experiencing discomfort after an appointment, stick with soft foods until your mouth feels better. You may want to try a pain reliever such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen. The can tell you which will be best for you. Rinsing with a solution of salt and water may help, as can an ice pack or cold pack. If the pain does not go away, please contact our office so we can schedule you for an appointment.

Broken Retainer

Call our office right away so that we can schedule an appointment to repair or replace your broken retainer. In the meantime, try eating soft foods and wearing a mouth guard when you sleep to prevent your teeth from shifting out of position.