What would you do if a wire popped loose in your braces? This is just one example of a serious orthodontic emergency, one that could impact people of all ages wearing braces. In today’s blog, we’re going to look at how Fort Worth, TX, residents should respond to common orthodontic emergencies, and when they should contact our office.
Common Emergency Situations
What exactly constitutes an orthodontic emergency? You should contact our team and set up an appointment when you notice a wire or band becomes loose. If you have a loose bracket in your braces or if you find an appliance is too loose or not fitting properly, again let us know as soon as possible. If your headgear doesn’t fit properly or if you begin to experience serious discomfort as a result of your orthodontics, arrange for a visit. Finally, if your aligner breaks or cracks, let us know so we can design and create a replacement and allow you to continue treatment.
Addressing the Problem and Offering Preventive Tips
If a band becomes loose, bring it with you to the office. If a bracket becomes loose, try to hold it in place with wax. If the bracket falls out completely, then wrap it in tissue or put it in a container and bring it with you to the office. A loose wire could mean major discomfort, so use a pencil eraser to try and push the wire down and away from your lips and gums. Placing wax over the wire could alleviate discomfort until you can see us for repair. Wax can also aid in securing a loose appliance or cracked aligner until you can make it the office.
When patients complain of headgear pain, we often find the issue is due to improper usage. Whenever Dr. Cabal talks to you about your headgear or aligners/oral appliances, be sure you pay close attention and wear them as prescribed. Otherwise, you could experience pain and impact the treatment process.
Now, for those experiencing soreness: remember that when you first receive your orthodontics, there could be discomfort as your mouth adjusts the presence of braces and aligners. To ease discomfort as your smile adjusts to the presence of orthodontics, rinse your mouth with salt water and take pain relievers. If braces begin to hurt specific areas of your smile, try coating the the wire and brackets in these areas with wax. If you have any further questions or concerns, then please see us as soon as possible.
Do You Have Braces?
If you encounter an orthodontic emergency, then let us know as soon as possible. To schedule your consultation and learn more about repairing damaged braces and aligners, please call Lake Country Orthodontics in Fort Worth, TX at (817) 236-7846. Our office proudly serves patients who live In White Settlement, North Fort Worth, Springtown, and all surrounding communities.