What to Do in an Orthodontic Emergency

tmjYour Fort Worth dentist Dr. Cabal is sensitive to the urgent needs of his patients. If you or your child encounters an orthodontic emergency, he will accommodate you as quickly as possible. In the meantime, read on for Dr. Cabal’s tips for dealing with orthodontic mishaps.

  • Loose Bracket or Band: If your bracket or band becomes loose, leave it in its position but place wax on it. If the wire completely comes out, wrap the bracket with tissue.
  • Loose Wire: If a wire on your braces becomes loose, use a pencil eraser to shift it downward or apply wax to it to prevent it from poking you. If this fails, try using tweezers to push the wire back into its proper spot.
  • Ill-fitting Headgear: Headgear may feel awkward or troublesome if it isn’t being placed correctly or fitting together quite right. Check your written instructions from Dr. Cabal about how to use the headgear, paying close attention to how many hours Dr. Cabal instructed to wear it. Sometimes headgear becomes much more comfortable after wearing it for awhile and ‘breaking it in.’
  • Sore or Tender Mouth: Braces, like headgear, also involve an adjustment period. Some patients report that after they initially received braces, they experienced sensitivity when biting down. This feeling will quickly dissipate after a short time. Dr. Cabal suggests taking acetaminophen or rinsing your mouth with warm salt water to relieve this beginning discomfort. If your cheeks, tongue, or lips become sore after receiving braces, try placing wax on the braces where it is irritating your mouth. Please call our office if you have questions about how to use wax to do this.

About Your Fort Worth Orthodontist

Lake Country Orthodontics provides superb, customized orthodontic care in a calming office. He treats patients of all ages, from young children to adults. Dr. Cabal’s services include Invisalign, tooth-colored braces, and interceptive orthodontics for children. Dr. Ciro Cabal proudly treats patients from Lake Worth, Lake Country, Lakeland, Highlands, Saginaw, and the surrounding communities. To schedule an appointment at our Ft. Worth orthodontist office, call Dr. Cabal’s office at (817) 236-7846.