True orthodontic emergencies are rare, but they do happen, and when they do you should call Ivory Dental immediately. But knowing what constitutes a true orthodontic emergency is important to understand.

Many minor issues can usually be handled at home, but if you experience major trauma to the mouth, face or teeth, infection or swelling, or severe pain that is not related to general mouth soreness, it’s time to call the doctor.

Still, there are some issues that are considered minor emergencies too. These problems can arise from broken or poking wires, or loose appliances, brackets or wires, and it can be painful and irritating. So while the pain may make it feel as if it is an emergency, it’s likely not, but you should plan to visit Ivory Dental soon to correct any problems with your braces.

Read below for more information on minor orthodontic emergencies.

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General soreness usually occurs when you first get your braces on and when you get them tightened or adjusted. To eliminate soreness, dissolve a teaspoon of salt in 8-10 ounces of warm water, then rinse your mouth 2-3 times. If you experience no relief, take a pain reliever. If the pain persists for more than a week, make an appointment to visit your orthodontist at Ivory Dental.

If your lips, cheeks, and tongue become irritated from the constant rubbing against the braces, apply wax to the braces to reduce the friction and alleviate the discomfort.

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