Ortho Emergencies

Orthodontic advice

Occasionally, you might experience minor problems or discomfort with your brace. In this section our team at Park Lane Orthodontics have put together some advice on dealing with discomfort without visiting the practice.

If you’re not sure what to do, call us on 0118 9411628 and we’ll help. If there’s no-one available to take your call, leave a message with your name and number and we’ll get back to you, or you may be given an alternative number to call.

Looking after fixed braces

If you’ve been fitted with a fixed brace, it’s likely your mouth will feel tender for a few days after wire changes. Most people won’t find the tenderness a problem, but if you feel the need then pain relief like paracetamol or ibuprofen can be taken. Make sure you follow the instructions on taking this medicine.

If any element of your fixed brace feels sharp in your mouth, use the relief wax or putty you were given to help cover the area. Cotton wool or even chewing gum can be used as a short-term solution if you don’t have the relief putty with you. If the element continues to feel sharp, make sure you phone the practice for advice, as there may be a piece of wire exposed which we need to trim, or some other small issue.

If a piece of the brace breaks, don’t panic. It’s rarely an emergency and can be fixed. Make sure to call the practice as soon as possible during opening hours and we’ll give you advice on what to do. If we are closed, leave a message and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

If you are suffering with a more severe problem, you can’t make it comfortable and the practice is closed, you can call us or the NHS. If you’re a private patient, call the mobile phone number which you were given on the leaflet and forms at the start of your treatment. If you’re an NHS patient, call the NHS advice line on 111 and they’ll be able to help you.

Removable braces

The most common problem with removable braces is that the plastic can chip. As long as your brace fits comfortably, this isn’t a problem and won’t affect the realignment process.

If there are sharp edges to your brace, use fine sandpaper or a nail file to smooth them down after washing and drying your brace. Rinse the brace after sanding to get rid of any dust.

If a metal component breaks and you can wear it comfortably then don’t worry. If it breaks and you can’t wear it or part of the broken plastic is uncomfortable, call the practice for an appointment where one of our team will be able to help. Keep wearing the brace as normal until your appointment. This will continue the important process of realignment.

Retainers (removable or fixed)

Retainers are important as they help your teeth stay in the correct position. If you break or lose your retainer, call the practice straight away for help. It can take up to a week to mend or replace a retainer, and your teeth may begin to drift back in that time. So the sooner we know there’s an issue, the sooner we can help you.

If your retainer is damaged and you’re still able to, make sure you wear your removable retainer during the day until you’ve been seen at Park Lane Orthodontics. This will make sure your teeth don’t start to move back.

If you’re not sure, give us a call – we’re happy to help and it’s important you make sure your retainer is correct.

Extra help for braces

For more information on how to care for your braces, retainers and teeth, take a look at the PDFs below.

Fixed brace care

Lingual brace care

Removable brace care

Functional brace care

Fixed retainer care

Removable retainer care