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Although orthodontic emergencies are rare, our doctors, Dr. Jarosz and Dr. Valente, are always available to help you! Because we want the time you spend wearing braces to be as trouble-free as possible, we have put together the following information that can help resolve any issues or problems you may have while undergoing orthodontic treatment.

At first, becoming accustomed to having braces may take some time. It is not unusual to have slight soreness after having your braces put on your teeth, following adjustment appointments, or changing your aligners. While some general soreness is normal, having a true orthodontic emergency is rare as most patients undergo treatment without having any major problems whatsoever.

If you do have an emergency situation with your braces, the first step to take is to determine if the situation requires immediate attention or if it’s just a minor issue that you can handle yourself until your next appointment with us. Below are some of the most common problems orthodontic patients experience along with directions on how to handle them.

Lost Separator

Most patients lose a separator during their treatment - it’s not uncommon! You don’t have to worry about losing a separator, just call our office to let us know and we’ll tell you if it needs to be replaced.

Sore Teeth/Discomfort with Orthodontic Treatment

During the first week of your treatment, while your mouth is still adjusting to its new hardware, it’s possible and common that you’ll experience discomfort, soreness, or pain in various parts of your mouth. Stay strong! This is a normal part of the process. To alleviate the pain, you may take acetaminophen or other non-aspirin pain relievers while you adjust to your new braces. You can also gargle lukewarm saltwater, which is a mixture of one teaspoon of salt dissolved in eight ounces of water. A warm wash cloth or a heating pad may also reduce the soreness in your jaws.

Wire Irritations

It is not uncommon for wires in braces to catch parts of your mouth and cause irritation. Try moving the wire away from the irritated area with a cotton swab or eraser. If the wire will not move, try covering the end of it with a small piece of cotton or a small amount of wax. If the wire is painful, you can cut it with nail clippers or scissors that have been washed and sterilized in alcohol. If you’re unable to resolve the problem with an irritating wire, call us to set up an appointment in our Deerfield or Arlington Heights office.

Loose Brackets or Bands

If you break or loosen any of your appliances, call us as soon as possible. Please don’t come straight to the office. Based on the phone call, we’ll evaluate the situation to see if the bracket needs to be re-fitted. If an emergency arises and you need a wire to be cut, wash and sterilize fingernail clippers in alcohol, then use them to cut the wire. Call our office as soon as you can after doing this so we can schedule a repair appointment.

Contact Your Deerfield & Arlington Heights Orthodontist Today!

If you would like to set up an appointment, we encourage you to fill out our appointment request form or give us a call. You can reach us at (847) 632-1030 for our Arlington Heights office or (847) 945-3700 for our Deerfield office. If you have any other questions, please feel free to contact us. We’re more than glad to help you with any of your concerns. We look forward to making your orthodontic treatment go as smoothly as possible!

Jarosz & Valente Orthodontics, P.C.

  • Arlington Heights Office - 3430 N. Old Arlington Heights Rd., Arlington Heights, IL 60004 Phone: 847-632-1030 Fax: 847-632-1041
  • Deerfield Office - 720 Osterman Ave., Suite 201, Deerfield, IL 60015 Phone: 847-945-3700 Fax: 847-945-3277

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