We certainly hope that we’ll all be able to travel somewhere this summer.  Here are a few items you should be certain to have on hand in addition to your toothbrush when you’re away from home:

  • Wax
  • Rubber Bands (if prescribed to wear)
  • Tylenol or Ibuprofen
  • Floss & Threaders
  • Proxy Brush
  • Orabase-B

The following is intended to provide general information regarding how you might treat some of the more common orthodontic emergencies while traveling:

  • Loose Band or Bracket:  Leave it in place and try to put wax on it.
  • Loose Wire: Try to put it back in place with tweezers.  If you are not able to re-insert the wire, clip it using nail clippers behind the last tooth to which it is attached.  Use wax if necessary.
  • Poking Wire: Try to push it down using an eraser or use wax.
  • Loose Appliance:  Place wax on the appliance to keep it intact.
  • Sore Teeth: Use warm saltwater rinses & take Tylenol or Ibuprofen as recommended.