A dental emergency means any damage to the teeth or gums that needs immediate attention, but isn’t life threatening. Likewise, orthodontic emergencies mean any damage or discomfort related to braces, retainers, or aligners that could impact your treatment progress. In today’s blog, your Fort Worth, TX, orthodontist will talk about how we approach common emergency scenarios.
The Dangers of Ignoring Damaged Orthodontics
When an issue develops that damages your orthodontics or impacts how they fit, this actually brings any progress for your smile to a halt. Not to mention the fact that poor-fitting or damaged aligners or braces could also be a source of discomfort too. When you encounter these issues, please let us know right away. We will set up a convenient time to see you as soon as possible, so we can provide repair or restoration as needed, and allow you to continue to your journey toward a straighter, healthier smile without further complication!
Common Emergency Issues
Common examples include loose or missing bands or brackets, loose or broken wires, damaged aligners, or poor-fitting headgear that causes discomfort. While many of these could seem very minor, waiting until your next visit, which could be weeks away, may mean a minor issue has the potential to seriously complicate your treatment process, and even leads to discomfort or injury! In addition to seeing us quickly, you also need to take the proper steps to alleviate discomfort until we can offer a solution.
Addressing Your Initial Discomfort
To help ease discomfort, if you have a loose band or bracket, use wax to hold it in place. If band or bracket comes off completely, place them in a small sealed container and bring them to the office with you. If a wire is loose or broken, use the eraser end of a pencil to gently push them down and away from the lips, cheeks, or gums. Then coat them in wax to help ensure comfort and prevent injury. If you have headgear that doesn’t fit properly then let us know and we can make sure it’s being worn properly or resized as needed. Feel free to take an over-the-counter pain reliever too, and a cold compress or ice pack to the side of the face could help control any facial swelling. If you have any questions about addressing orthodontics emergencies, or if you would like to use any remaining 2020 dental insurance benefits before they expire at the end of December, then let us know today.
DO YOU HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT EMERGENCY CARE?
Don’t let damage to your braces or retainers impact your progress. To learn more about repairing damaged braces or aligners, then please call Lake Country Orthodontics in Fort Worth, TX at (817) 236-7846. Our office proudly serves patients who live in Azle, Saginaw, and all surrounding communities.