Although orthodontic emergencies can be avoided with the right personal care, understanding of your braces and routinely scheduled appointments, unforeseeable events can occur that may impact your mouth.

An orthodontic episode may seem like the end of the world, but some can actually be remedied with clear thinking, a few easy steps and a mirror.

In an Emergency

Read through the following prevalent issues that can occur and how to fix them:

  • Discomfort: After an orthodontic appointment, a particularly straining day or eating a certain type of food, your mouth may be experiencing some discomfort. If this occurs, take a minute to think back on your day. Did you eat something that you maybe shouldn’t have? Have you been stressed at work or by family issues? A range of things can cause discomfort in the mouth but can be remedied by close attention and keeping away from certain foods. If the problem persists though, schedule an appointment right away.
  • Food stuck between the teeth: Getting a huge piece of corn stuck between your braces, or a section of candy wedged in your upper molars, may seem like a huge issue, but it’s not. Take a breath and examine the situation again. Consider knotting a section of the thread to make a small knot, which can help dislodge larger pieces, or instead use a toothpick (gently) or a interproximal brush.
  • Mouth sores: Some people who wear braces experience discomfort, which can lead to sores or open wounds in the mouth. To alleviate pain, consider using a topical anesthetic like Orabase, Ora-Gel or BraceRelief, applied with a soft cotton swab.

If any of these issues begin to take a turn for the worst, or another occurs, schedule an appointment right away with New York City orthodontist Dr. Tanya Vaysman. Your adult braces should never hinder your health or happiness.

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