When you undergo treatment with orthodontics, this could start you on the road toward an even and healthy smile. But if your smile begins to hurt, or an injury develops, be sure to let us know right away. In today’s blog, your Fort Worth, TX, orthodontist will explain how we approach common orthodontic emergency situations.
Damage and Discomfort
Often, damage to your orthodontics or a poor fit could lead to major discomfort. Along with causing you pain, this could also mean interrupting your treatment process, which prevents you from obtaining optimal results in the original time frame you discussed with your orthodontist. Common examples include a loose or missing bracket, band, or wire. Broken wires could be problematic too, as could headgear that fits poorly or aligners that have become cracked or broken. When these situations arise, please let us know right away. In the meantime, there are steps you can take to ease your discomfort and prevent injury to your gums or the interior of your cheeks.
Addressing Your Discomfort Before Seeing Us
If a bracket or band is loose, then use wax to help hold them in place until we can see you. If they come off completely, then place them in a small sealed container and bring them to the office with you. If a wire is loose or broken and causes discomfort, use the erase rend of a pencil to gently push the wire down and away from any soft tissues. Coating them in wax also helps provide a barrier. If an aligner is damaged or causing discomfort, then again wax is a great way to help prevent further pain. Feel free to take an over-the-counter pain reliever to ease discomfort until you can see us for treatment.
Our team can make adjustments to your headgear or make sure it is being worn properly. We can also replace your aligners, or help make improvements to prevent discomfort when worn. We can replace missing or compromised wires or brackets too. These visits help return you to your path toward an even and healthy smile. Don’t let what could appear to be minor complications lead to issues for your smile. If you have any questions about how we treat these oral health issues or offer repair, then please contact our team today. We can schedule a time to visit as soon as possible, even if your issues arises outside of normal business hours.
DO YOU HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT EMERGENCY ORTHODONTICS?
We want to help you enjoy an even smile, and offer solutions should an emergency develop. To learn more about correcting alignment and repairing damage, 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.