Emergency Orthodontic Care
If you experience severe pain, a problem with your orthodontic equipment, or irritation to the cheeks or gums that does not get better in a few days, contact Dr. Braun at our Bridgeport orthodontic office to resolve your issue. You can also text our office at 203-212-3200, and we will respond within the hour.
Common Orthodontic Problems
While Invisalign® aligners rarely cause pain or discomfort, there are instances when the edges can rub against the inside of the lips or cheeks. We can polish or trim the Invisalign trays or order new trays as needed.
If part of your braces or appliance is loose and poking you, place wax on the offending part until you can visit our office.
If your bracket or band is still attached to the wire, you should leave it in place and put wax on it if you need some comfort. If the bracket or band can be removed easily, place it in an envelope and save it to bring to your next orthodontist appointment.
Using a pair of tweezers or needle-nosed pliers, try to put your wire back into place. It is okay to use a piece of floss to tie the wire into place. To do this, tie the floss around the bracket in place of the missing colored o-ring. If you cannot put the wire into a comfortable position, and covering the end with wax doesn't help, as a last resort use a small fingernail clipper to clip the wire behind the last tooth to which it is securely fastened. If the end of the wire is still sharp, place wax on it.
Using a pencil eraser, push the poking wire down or place wax on it so that it is no longer poking you.
Dr. Braun will check for broken or loose teeth and treat as needed.
General soreness can occur in the first few days after treatment is started. It is normal and should subside quickly. To ease any discomfort, rinse your mouth with cool water, or take an OTC pain reliever as directed on the bottle. If pain persists, don't hesitate to contact our Bridgeport orthodontic office.
If you are hesitant to perform any of these quick fixes at home, there's nothing wrong with just leaving it alone and coming in for an appointment. We're here to make your orthodontic experience at Kristal Smiles as comfortable as possible.