Do I Have An Orthodontic Emergency?

What happens if you damage your braces, or they come loose or fit uncomfortably? When you experience these scenarios, you should let your Fort Worth, TX, orthodontist know right away. These orthodontic emergencies could have a negative impact your treatment and progress. In today’s blog, we’re looking at what makes an orthodontic emergency, when to see us, and how to respond to them.

Damaged Braces

If you notice one of the wires in your orthodontics has become loose, or begins to poke or injure your gums or oral tissues, then please let us know right away. In the meantime, you can ease discomfort by using a pencil eraser to push down the wire, or coating it in wax to prevent further injury or pain. Should a bracket or band come loose, but stays attached to the wire, then you can employ wax to keep it in place until you can see us for repair. If the bracket or band comes loose completely, then place it in a small container so you don’t lose it, and bring it with you to the office. Other causes of discomfort could include a loose appliance or an aligner that doesn’t fit comfortably or rubs on your gums. Wax can place a barrier between the appliance or aligner and your gums until you can see is for adjustment. If you experience discomfort due to headgear not fitting well, let us know. Often, this is due to the headgear not being worn properly.

Pain

Whenever your braces are first placed, or an aligner is first prescribed, initial discomfort is normal as your mouth adjusts the presence of your braces and aligners. The same will likely occur when your braces are adjusted in periodic visits, or when you move on to the next set of aligners in the series. However, if the pain persists after a day or two, please let us know so we can make sure you don’t need changes made to your braces or aligners. You may be able to alleviate discomfort by rinsing with warm salt water and taking a pain reliever.

Cracked or Chipped Teeth

If you notice a tooth has sustained damage and this is causing discomfort, let your dentist know, or let us know and we can refer you to one to have your tooth repaired. If you have any questions about our approach to orthodontic emergencies, then contact our team today.

Do You Have Loose or Broken Braces?

If you have damaged your brackets and wires or experience serious discomfort, then please let us know. To schedule your consultation and discuss addressing these problems, then 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.