Emergencies

  • BracesDiagramPICA – Brackets: Metal or clear attachments which are bonded directly to the teeth.
  • B – Archwire: Runs through a slot in the brackets to provide pressure to slowly move teeth.
  • C – Bands: Metal rings which are cemented around the molar teeth.
  • D – Modules: Tiny coloured or clear elastics that tie the archwire into the bracket.
  • E – Ligature Wires: Tiny wires that tie the archwire into the bracket.
  • F – Hooks: Used to attach elastics (rubber bands).
  • G – Coil Spring: – Fits between brackets and over archwires to hold or expand space.

 

Wire sticking into gum or cheeks
Occasionally a wire may stick out from the back of the molar bands as teeth move around. If this occurs, place wax on the exposed archwire for temporary relief and phone to arrange an appointment for the archwire to be trimmed.

Bent or broken wire
Occasionally a wire may stick out from the back of the molar bands as teeth move around. If this occurs, place wax on the exposed archwire for temporary relief and phone to arrange an appointment for the archwire to be trimmed.

Brackets off the tooth (loose bracket)
It is very important to ring the office to notify us that bracket(s) have become dislodged and to schedule a time to have them re-bonded. Please notify the receptionist if more than one bracket is off so that sufficient time to correct the problem can be allocated. This will minimise any extension to our anticipated treatment time. [It may be difficult to know when a bracket is off, however, it can be detected when the patient is brushing as the bracket would be loose on the archwire.]

Loose molar band
With a loose molar band we lose control of the tooth and food may become lodged around the tooth causing decay. The band will need to be re-cemented. Unless an appointment is scheduled within a few days, it is necessary to ring our office and notify the receptionist to arrange an appointment time within 2 weeks.

Module/Chain broken
This is not classified as urgent however, if the wire tends to dislodge itself out of position it will be necessary to schedule an appointment with a week.

Sore teeth
“Sore teeth” are normal during orthodontic treatment and is the result of the forces placed on the teeth to move them. Most people experience soreness for a few days after the braces have been placed and occasionally after their regular orthodontic adjustment. Maintain a soft diet during this period and, if necessary, take the analgesic you would normally take for a headache. Please contact us if you experience severe or persistent pain.

Lost Separator
Separators nudge the teeth apart so that bands can be placed. Should the space open relatively quickly, the separator can fall out. Unless the next appointment is within a couple of days, the separator should be replaced a few days before the next appointment.

Should a separator lodge under the gum and you are unable to remove it, contact us to arrange an appointment to remove it.