When an emergency arises involving yourself or your loved one, it can cause a great deal of stress and anxiety. The best thing to do during an emergency is to stay calm, cool, and collected. The best way to feel calm is to feel prepared and knowledgeable. An orthodontic emergency is any situation where there is pain and/or any damage to braces or appliances. The first step in an orthodontic emergency is to call your orthodontist’s office. They may be able to provide advice over the phone or get you in for an emergency appointment. There are some steps that you can take on your own during an orthodontic emergency.
Braces can take some getting used to. They can cause pain and discomfort. An over-the-counter pain reliever may be able to relieve some of the pain and discomfort. A rinse of warm saltwater can sometimes do the trick. Your orthodontist will be able to check to see if there is anything wrong causing the pain. If it is just the normal pain caused by braces, he may be able to provide some helpful tips.
A loose wire
A loose wire can cause pain. Use a pencil eraser to try to push the wire back into place or try tweezers to try to pull the wire back into place. Wax can be used on the wire to ease discomfort until you can make it to see your orthodontist.
A loose bracket
Wax should be applied to a bracket to keep it in place until you can see your orthodontist. Your orthodontist will be able to fix it.
My headgear is uncomfortable
Like braces, headgear can take some getting used to. Wearing headgear incorrectly can cause pain or discomfort. Refer back to your orthodontists to make sure you are using the headgear as prescribed. You should be following the instructions of both how to wear and how often to wear it. Discomfort usually subsides once the gear has been worn more often.
Call your orthodontist if you think you have an emergency
Timing is everything in an orthodontic emergency. To schedule a consultation by calling Lake Country Orthodontics at (817) 236-7846. Located in Ft. Worth, TX, our office proudly serves patients who live in White Settlement, North Ft. Worth, Springtown, Rome, Haslet, Azle, Saginaw, and all surrounding communities.