You'll Love to know that true orthodontic emergencies are rare!  Broken brackets or attachments, pokey wires, loose retainers, and ill-fitting aligners are aggravating, but the great news is that these issues are often not emergencies and can be addressed during normal business hours. As a general rule, you should call our office if you experience severe pain, swelling, or bleeding. 

Many minor issues can be solved by adults with easy at-home techniques. Then, text or call our office at (765) 282-3200 to schedule an appointment to address the issue.


 

General Soreness

Some soreness is normal during orthodontic tooth movement whether you're being treated with Invisalign® or braces. For the first 3 to 5 days, or even more, patients should stick to a soft diet with chewier foods cut into small pieces. Irritated gums and other sore spots can be relieved by swishing with a warm salt water rinse by dissolving one teaspoonful of salt in eight ounces of warm water. If the tenderness is severe, consider over-the-counter pain medication taken for general aches and pains. Acetaminophen (Tylenol) is preferred over Aspirin, Ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil) and Naproxen Sodium (Aleve) as research shows the latter can actually slow tooth movement.

 

Loose Retainer or Aligner

If there is no danger of swallowing any part of the appliance, continue wearing it to prevent any relapse. We'll be able to evaluate and address the issue at your next appointment. 

 

Loose Bracket or Band

Loose brackets or bands still secured to the wire can be left in place. Apply soft wax for comfort, if needed. If the bracket or band can be easily removed, place it in a plastic bag and bring it to your next appointment.

 

Loose or Pokey Wire

As teeth move, it is not uncommon for the wire to "grow" towards the back teeth. Simply placing soft wax on the pokey end is usually sufficient. However, if the end of the wire is long enough, visible, and accessible, adults may choose to safely clip the long pokey end with a nail clipper being careful that the clipped piece is not swallowed. If the wire comes out of one or more of the brackets altogether, use tweezers or needle-nosed pliers to insert the wire back into place, or a pencil eraser to bend the wire into a more comfortable position.

 

Braces Parts

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Value We believe orthodontic treatment should be available to anyone who desires a better smile. Without compromising quality, we make treatment affordable by monitoring fees and offering payment plans.
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Innovation We use innovative treatment modalities including indirect bonding, interceptive orthodontics, Class III and Class II orthodontics, direct palate expansion, INSIGHT radiography, and orthodontic retention routines.
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Personal Touch We’ve created an orthodontic practice where patients feel at home. From our inviting reception area to advanced technology and leading-edge processes, everything here is about your comfort.
Muncie Office3303 W Bethel Ave
Muncie, IN 47304
Anderson Office706 Walnut St
Anderson, IN 46012
Hartford City Office1200 N Walnut St
Hartford City, IN 47348
Indianapolis Office1935 North Capitol Ave
Indianapolis, IN 46202

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