First Aid / Common problems

True orthodontic emergencies are very rare. As a general rule, you should call the office when you have a painful orthodontic problem. We will make every effort to see you on the same day.

If a wire causes irritation, push the wire away from the area using the eraser of a pencil. If the wire cannot be tucked away cover the end of the wire with a small piece of wax until you see Dr. Kenmuir.

If the main wire has come out of the tube on the back molar tooth, attempt to reinsert with a needle nosed pliers or tweezers. If the wire is not hurting you, place a piece of wax over the area.

If the wire is hurting you and wax does not help, the wire can be cut with a medium sized nail clipper. This is a last resort if no professional help is available.

If a bracket comes loose, it is usually connected to the main wire by a little rubber ring. Call our office for assistance.

If a retainer cracks bring all the pieces to the office for repair.

Take panado, myprodal or asprin (unless allergic) if your teeth are sore after a monthly visit. Rinsing your mouth out with a cup of warm water and a teaspoon of salt can be soothing.

If you cut your gum, tongue or cheek apply a small piece of wax to the bracket or area causing the problem.