It is rare for someone to experience an actual orthodontic emergency, especially if you wear a mouthguard when playing sports. However, you might experience situations that feel like an emergency in the moment. Here is what you should know about these situations and what you can do to make them easier.
If your teeth, mouth, gums, or jaw have been injured, go directly to the ER. Once there, you can give us a call for additional support or follow-up treatment.
Even if it isn’t a real emergency, call us as soon as you can. Whether it is a loose bracket or poking wire, or something more serious, we need to know. Our team will schedule an appointment so you can be seen and your appliance repaired.
When a bracket comes completely off your braces, save it and bring it with you to your appointment. We will be able to put it back on for you without the additional cost of replacement.
Whether trying to prevent irritation or to hold something in place temporarily, dental wax is a big help. We will provide you with as much as you need at your appointments.
In addition to using wax to mitigate this, you can also use saltwater rinses and over-the-counter pain relievers. If the pain ever seems too much to manage, call us immediately.
If a wire is loose, use a sterilized tool, such as tweezers, to push it into place. If it is poking, you can clip it with sterilized nail scissors or use dental wax to stop the irritation.