When your braces or other orthodontics become damaged, this can cause discomfort and interrupt your treatment. In today’s blog, your Fort Worth, TX, orthodontist talks about how we address common emergency situations, and when you should consider scheduling a visit!
The Dangers of Ignoring Damaged Braces or Aligners
You always let us know if you sustain damage to your orthodontics. Otherwise, this could interrupt your treatment and slow your progress. In addition, some situations actually cause discomfort or could even injure the gums or sort tissues. If you encounter an emergency situation, let us know. We can see you to offer repair. Know that our team always follows strict protocols for safety, and that includes regularly cleaning and disinfecting surfaces people touch throughout the day, such as the waiting room, bathrooms, the reception desk, door handles, and our tools. We always take steps to ensure the safety and comfort of our patients!
An emergency situation could include a wire that has come loose or poke the soft tissues of your mouth. You could also have a band or bracket become loose or lost. Your headgear could fit uncomfortably, and your aligners or retainers could actually crack or break. These are a few common examples of situations that may appear minor, but still need the attention of your orthodontist.
If you have a loose wire, use the eraser end of a pencil to gently push it down and away for your gums and cheeks. You can place wax over it to prevent further discomfort until we can see you. If a band or bracket is loose, then wax can help hold it in place. If a band or bracket comes out completely, then place it in a small container and bring it with you to the office.
If your oral appliance, such as an Invisalign® aligner or retainer, is causing discomfort, place wax over the area of the appliance that is the source of your pain. Then let us know, so we can see if you need adjustments or replacement. For those with headgear, the poor fit is often due to improper wear, and we can offer a little guidance. If you have general discomfort as your mouth adjusts, then please rinse with warm salt water and take a pain reliever.
We Offer Care for Emergency Situations
If you have issues with the fit or stability of your aligners, braces, or retainers, then please let us know right away. To schedule a consultation and learn more, 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.