Do your teeth feel sore or tender after your orthodontic appointment?
It is quite normal to feel mild pain or discomfort after any new orthodontic appliance is placed or after one of your routine adjustment appointments. Your orthodontic appliance needs to move the teeth, the discomfort is usually a sign that your treatment is working!
If you think you may have an emergency, the first step is to determine the severity of the problem: Is it an urgent situation that requires immediate attention, or a minor problem that you can temporarily take care of yourself until you can come in to our office?
You can seek relief through a mild analgesic, such as Nurofen or Panadol. Remember to ask your parents first and always follow the directions on the packet or talk to a pharmacist for further advice.
Stick to eating soft foods such as yogurt, banana or soup to reduce any further discomfort.
The pain should usually settle after 2-3 days.
Often a new appliance will rub on the cheeks, tongue or gums which can be uncomfortable or annoying. If so, we recommend using some of the orthodontic wax, provided by your orthodontist, to help. This is especially helpful in the first week or two after your appliance is fitted.
If the appliance rubs or causes any ulcers just roll up a small piece of wax, dry the area that’s causing the sore spot with a tissue and push some wax over it.
To help the healing process rinse your mouth out with warm salty water as well.
Emergency Orthodontic Care
Orthodontic emergencies are rare, however they do occur. If you are experiencing severe pain or a serious problem with your treatment or appliance first consider the severity of the problem. Can the situation be taken care of yourself, temporarily, until your next appointment using the steps above? If it is an urgent situation requiring immediate attention do not wait until your next appointment to seek help.
During business hours, Monday – Friday, call our practice for advice on what steps to take.
Outside of business hours there is a contact number on our answering machine. This is a personal number, not a surgery. The service is only available to make sure you are safe and comfortable. Repairs will need a scheduled appointment.