Broken or damaged braces and aligners are more than just an inconvenience, they’re a genuine orthodontic emergency! Which means you need to see your Fort Worth, TX, orthodontist right away for treatment. In today’s blog, we’re going to discuss how to respond to your damaged braces and aligners, and when you should see us.
A number of issues could potentially develop regarding your braces. For example, what should you do if a wire becomes loose? Instead of dealing with serious discomfort while waiting to see us, use a pencil eraser to push the wire down or consider coating the exposed wire with wax. Tweezers can also be used to reposition the wire. What if a bracket or band becomes loose? If this occurs, but the band or bracket remains attached to the arch wire, use wax to hold them in place until you can see us for reattachment. If any part of your orthodontics becomes completely loose and falls out, place them in a piece of tissue or into a small container and bring them with you to our office.
Cracked and Broken Aligners
What if you’re wearing a clear plastic aligner or an oral appliance, and portions feel loose or rub on your gums? You can use wax to alleviate discomfort and call our office to let us know. If necessary, we may have you come in to adjust or replace the aligner or appliance. If an aligner breaks, let us know right away. Damage could prevent a proper fit and impact your treatment in negative ways.
Headgear and More
If you find your headgear doesn’t fit very well, this is often due to improper use. Always listen closely when the orthodontist explains how to wear the headgear and ensure you’re doing so properly. Over time, the headgear tends to become way more comfortable to use. If discomfort continue, please let us know. Now, what if after receiving your braces your mouth feels tender or sore, or eating is uncomfortable? Initial discomfort is actually pretty normal, as your mouth must adjust to the presence of orthodontics. You can alleviate discomfort with pain relievers, as well as wax. If you have any questions or concerns, always feel free to contact us. We’re here to answer your questions and address your concerns (and your orthodontic emergencies), and ensure you enjoy a comfortable treatment experience.
Do You Have an Orthodontic Emergency?
If you find yourself faced with an orthodontic emergency, then please let us know right away. To schedule your consultation and discuss treatment options and other solutions, please call Lake Country Orthodontics in Fort Worth, TX at (817) 236-7846. Our office proudly serves patients who live in Haslet, Azle, and all surrounding communities.