First aid

Measures to be taken in the event of problems with orthodontic appliances!

Orthodontic appliances can also break and then interfere or even cause discomfort.

Here are a few first aid tips for self-help.

Problem with the fixed appliance

Bracket or band loose

no pain or pressure points

First aid! Quick help in emergencies!

If the bracket or band (metal ring) has come loose from the tooth and is still attached to the arch, leave everything as it is.

Arrange an SOS appointment with the orthodontist immediately for reattachment!

If the band (metal ring) has come loose from the tooth, try to clean the tooth with the toothbrush and push the band back onto the tooth.

Arrange an SOS appointment with the orthodontist immediately for reattachment!

If a bracket / band has loosened completely and no longer connects to an arch, then carefully try to remove the part. Please keep it and bring it with you to the next appointment.

Arrange an SOS appointment with the orthodontist immediately for reattachment!

Loosened bow

Try putting the bow back into the bracket or band with tweezers. If this is not possible, use a pair of pliers to shorten the arch behind the last bracket. If necessary, glue the end of the arch with a little wax.

Additionally: make an SOS appointment with an orthodontist!

Disturbing arch ends

DANGER!
We strongly advise against using side cutters or other tools in the oral cavity! Wire ends that come off could lead to soft tissue injuries.

Fixed appliance in the area of the palate or in the area of the tongue has come loose

Carefully try to bend or press the end of the bow with a spoon handle or an eraser at the end of a pencil. If this is not possible, stick some protective wax - which you received from the orthodontist - onto the end of the arch. If you run out of wax, you can also use sugar-free chewing gum to cover it up.

Arrange an SOS appointment with the orthodontist for repairs immediately!

If a band has come loose, try to push the band back onto the tooth. The apparatus should then no longer interfere.
Additionally: make an SOS appointment with an orthodontist!

If a lock has come off the tape, make an SOS appointment with the orthodontist immediately!

Lost wire ligatures or rubber rings

Let the orthodontist know at the next appointment

Pain

If the appliance or a multiband bow has been reinserted, temporary pain may occur. You may take a pain pill.

If there is no improvement, make an SOS appointment with the orthodontist!

Sores

Sore spots can be rinsed with Kamillosan.

If there is no improvement, make an SOS appointment with the orthodontist!

Inflammation of the gums

Inflammation of the gums is usually due to poor oral and dental care. Take care of teeth including gums after every meal.

If there is no improvement, make an appointment with an orthodontist or your dentist!

Problems with removable equipment

Removable device is annoying

First aid! Quick help in emergencies!

If the device presses or interferes with the gums, make an SOS appointment with an orthodontist!

Removable braces: plastic base or broken wire

Note!
If the device still fits and there are no pressure points when wearing it, please keep wearing the device until the SOS appointment
!

If the removable braces or a wire of the braces is broken, please make an SOS appointment with us!

A damaged loose brace can in many cases be repaired by an orthodontist.

A sharp edge on the plastic can be temporarily smoothed out yourself with the help of a nail file.

The clasp no longer fits - or - the clasp has been lost

There is a strong risk of relapse of the treatment result achieved.

Arrange an SOS appointment with us immediately!

If you cannot solve the problem yourself, call our orthodontic practice as soon as possible.

The Dental Emergency Service Tel. 0800 33 66 55 can only be reached by phone 24 hours a day. You can find the dentist on duty at: www.nfdzo.ch