Because an orthodontic emergency can interrupt your treatment schedule and possibly reverse your progress, report any abnormalities right away! When you have pain from your orthodontic appliance, or they become damaged, this can indicate an emergency. By treating these problems, your Fort Worth, TX orthodontist can resolve discomfort and place your treatment back on track. Feel free to report symptoms whenever they occur, even outside of business hours, so that we can respond appropriately and promptly!
Common Orthodontic Emergencies
What are common orthodontic emergencies that require swift treatment? In general, any pain or damage to your treatment appliance should be reported to your orthodontist. Because these problems can impede the progress of straightening your smile, we need to treat them right away. Missing or loose brackets and bands, improperly fitting headgear, damaged aligners, and general pain are all examples of emergencies we see. While temporary discomfort when adjusting braces or receiving a new tray of aligners can be expected, be sure to report any pain that does not resolve quickly.
Preparing For Your Emergency Visit
Once you contact our office, we will give you instructions on easing your discomfort until we are able to see you at our office in person. For damaged appliances, there are steps you can take while waiting for us to repair or provide replacement. For loose wires that cause pain, you can use the eraser of a pencil to push them away from your cheek or gums. You can then coat the wire in wax to then soften its tip. Wax is also useful for keeping any loose brackets in place. When brackets or bands fall off entirely, place them in a container to bring to your appointment. For any pain, consider taking an over-the-counter pain reliever at your own discretion.
Continuing Orthodontic Care
Your orthodontist can determine if you need damaged aligners replaced, or if it is simply time to issue the next set of trays in your series. We can also restore missing or loose bands and tooth brackets or adjust any wires that are causing continual pain. If you have ongoing discomfort from wearing headgear, we can counsel you to determine if you are wearing it improperly. Often you will find that headgear comfort corresponds with wearing it on a more regular basis. We want to ensure that your experience correcting spacing issues with your teeth is as comfortable as possible. For this reason, please let us know when you have any questions concerning your treatment process.
Contact Your Fort Worth, TX Orthodontist About Receiving Emergency Care
Treating complications with your orthodontic care in a timely manner helps you reach your corrective goals! If you have any questions about problems with your treatment, or if you would like to schedule an appointment, please call Lake Country Orthodontics in Fort Worth, TX at (817) 236-7846. Our office proudly serves patients who live in Rome, Haslet, Azle, Saginaw, and all surrounding communities.