Orthodontic emergencies are rare occurrences. However, sometimes things go wrong that, while not emergencies, should be fixed as soon as possible. We are going to go over what you need to know about emergency care during your treatment.
A genuine orthodontic emergency is when there is an injury to the teeth or mouth, possibly involving the appliance. In such a situation, it is best to go directly to the emergency room or urgent care rather than wait to be seen by us. However, we still encourage you to call us as soon as you can so that we can see you after the hospital or treatment center clears you.
In cases of smaller mishaps, give us a call as soon as you can. While it may not be a genuine emergency, we will still want to see you as soon as possible. And while you wait to be seen, there will usually be things you can do to make yourself more comfortable. Some common problems and their temporary solutions are:
- Loose brackets or bands : If a wire is cutting the mouth, clip it so it can no longer do so. For wires that are loose but not harming you, try to push them back inside the bracket clip using the clean eraser end of a pencil. In the case of a loose bracket, if it is still on the wire, use dental wax to hold it in place and prevent irritation. If it has come off, put it somewhere safe and bring it with you when we see you.
- Wire and bracket irritation : As your mouth becomes used to the presence of your appliance, you may experience irritation. To help ease this, place dental wax on the offending area. If this does not help or the irritation becomes worse, contact us.
- Lost separators : If a separator is lost, do nothing besides call us. We will tell you if it needs to be replaced.
- General soreness : After your braces are put on and following each adjustment, your teeth will be sore to biting pressure. Just use saltwater rinses and over-the-counter pain relievers to deal with this. If it is so significant that it prevents eating or disturbs your sleep, contact us.