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True orthodontic emergencies are rare, but when they do occur we are available to you. You might be surprised to learn that you may be able to temporarily solve many problems until you can get to the office. 

- Soreness: this is to be expected for 3-4 days after appliances have been placed in your mouth. In some cases, discomfort is experienced for a few more days than average. For relief, take aspirin, Advil or Tylenol, or a mouthwash made of one tablespoon of salt in a glass of warm water.

- Irritation of lips and cheeks: sometimes new braces can irritate the mouth. Simply pinch off a small piece of wax and roll it into a ball then flatten the ball and place it completely over the area of the braces causing irritation. If the wax is accidentally ingested, don't worry as it is harmless.

- Poking wire: use a pencil eraser to push the wire so it is flat against the tooth. If the wire cannot be moved into a comfortable position cover it with wax. If the wire is still annoying and you cannot see the doctor anytime soon, clip it with scissors or a nail clipper.