It would be very hard to name an orthodontic emergency that is either life threatening or serious enough to need emergency room care. Orthodontic issues are not generally serious. Fortunately, you can usually take care of most emergencies yourself until you can get in to see us.
Here are a few situations that could arise and how you can deal with them. Please call us as soon as possible to schedule an appointment so we can see if we need to repair any damage done to your braces.
It is normal to experience some tooth soreness when you first get your braces put on or when they have been tightened. Stick with soft food until the soreness goes away (usually between three and five days). You can also use warm salt-water to rinse out your mouth if you develop irritated gums or tissues. Cold drinks may help ease swelling.
Wires or Brackets that Poke Your Cheek
Contact us if you have a bracket or wire that’s bothering you. In the mean time, if you have a wire poking out, you can try to move the wire back into place with clean needle-nosed pliers or a pencil eraser. If the wire is still poking you, you can dab the end with soft wax to keep it from irritating your cheek.
Dab soft wax on an irritating bracket, if needed. Mention the issue at your next appointment, or schedule a visit the same day if it’s keeping you from enjoying your regular activities or preventing you from sleeping well at night. At Dunn Orthodontics, we are committed to keeping you comfortable throughout your orthodontic treatment.
Loose Brackets or Bands
It’s important to get this situation looked at as soon as possible, so please call to schedule an appointment whenever you have loose brackets or bands. Meanwhile, use soft wax to cover irritating bits or to move things so that they are not hurting you.
If you experience any of these emergencies, please call our office as soon as possible so that we can have a look and make any needed repairs in order to make sure that your braces are working exactly like they are supposed to.