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Emergency Orthodontic Treatment for Patients in Los Angeles, Santa Monica, CA

Problems during treatment related to braces are rare, but they do happen, and you should be properly prepared to handle them should they arise. Good oral hygiene, avoiding certain foods, keeping all scheduled visits and other brace-maintenance practices help reduce emergencies and ensure positive results.

Below is a list of first-response options you can take for a variety of scenarios before meeting with Dr. Nikaeen again.

If the archwire of your braces is irritating your gums or your teeth, try to shift its position using a Q-tip or the eraser on the back of a pencil. If it cannot be shifted, lift it away from your gums or teeth using a small piece of wax or cotton, or sugarless gum. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Nikaeen as soon as possible to have the wire readjusted.

If your main wire has come out of the tube or bracket on your back molar tooth, use tweezers or a pair of needle-nosed pliers to reinsert it. If the wire isn’t causing irritation, place wax over it until you’re able to visit Dr. Nikaeen. If the wax doesn’t help, try cutting the wire with a toenail clipper or small wire cutters. Make sure you snip it off as close as possible to the back of the last brace. This, however, should be your last recourse.

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Foods To Avoid
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Pokey Wire
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If a bracket becomes loose,the colored elastics around the bracket usually will ensure it remains connected to the main wire. You can use tweezers to reposition the brace if it flips around the wire and causes irritation. Also try placing wax over the lose bracket for comfort, and call the office immediately for an appointment.

If a piece of your braces breaks, save it and call Dr. Nikaeen’s office to schedule an emergency repair.

If your braces and/or appliance cut your gums, tongue or inside of your cheek, apply finger pressure to the bleeding site for several minutes. You can also apply BraceRelief, an antiseptic, anesthetic gel that will be provided to you at the start of your treatment. Call Dr. Nikaeen if the bleeding persists.

Remain calm if you swallow a piece of your appliance. It usually will flush into your stomach and pass out during a bowel movement. However, seek immediate medical attention if you experience breathing difficulties.

Should a rubber spacer fall out, insert two pieces of dental floss through the spacer and pull on both pieces to stretch the spacer out. You can then slide the spacer into its proper position. Once the bottom half of the spacer slips under the tight spot between your teeth, remove the floss and the spacer should fit back properly. If unable to do this, call the office for an appointment to replace and or reinsert the spacer.

If your retainer cracks, remove it from your mouth and bring all pieces to Dr. Nikaeen for repair or replacement.

If experiencing any soreness after your monthly visit, taking over the counter tablets such as: Aspirin, Tylenol or Ibuprofen should remedy this. Further relief can be obtained by rinsing your mouth with a cup of warm water mixed with a teaspoon of salt. Call Dr. Nikaeen, however, if your teeth suddenly become sore in the middle of the month.

Use dental floss or a proxy brush to dislodge any food remaining after you eat.

Please call us at (310) 444-1113 or send an email to schedule your free initial consultation. We serve Southern California including Los Angeles (LA), Beverly Hills, and Santa Monica.

We look forward to hearing from you!