Fortunately, a dental emergency in the field of orthodontics is quite a rare occurrence. Life with braces is normally not that hard once you’ve made the necessary minor adjustments; it is pain-free and is a sign you’re on your way to creating the smile you’ve always wanted.
Of course, accidents can still happen. There are two major ways that orthodontic emergencies may be avoided:
- Remember to ALWAYS wear a mouth guard when playing sports: wearing braces won’t prevent you from enjoying your favorite activities, but you must take this precaution in order to minimize the risk of mouth injuries.
- It is equally important to AVOID biting or chewing hard foods (such as hard candies) or ice cubes. This will keep you from damaging or breaking your appliances.
If you keep these two rules in mind, you’ll mostly be able to enjoy a safe orthodontic journey with few complications. However, there are cases when something goes wrong with your appliances or your teeth. If this occurs, don’t hesitate to contact us as soon as you can. We will inform you whether or not you need to receive emergency dental services right away.
Is It Dental Emergency?
When it comes to emergency care, know that you can handle most of the issues that may occur all by yourself. We are, however, ready to offer dental emergency care to our patients whenever needed. Here are some of the things that can go awry during your orthodontic treatment:
Soreness or Discomfort in Your Mouth
This is not generally considered an emergency. It is perfectly normal to have a feeling of soreness or discomfort when you first start wearing the braces. This is only part of the adjustment process; there is something new in your mouth that your teeth, tongue, cheeks, and lips must get accustomed to. So no worries: we promise this is temporary.
Food Caught Between Teeth
This isn’t considered an emergency, either, but it can be quite disconcerting. You can manage this issue from the comfort of your home using dental floss. It’s mandatory that you get rid of the food debris, as any long-term accumulation will lead to cavities and gum disease. So, floss, floss, floss.
Irritation of Cheeks and Lips
Again, this may happen in the first stage of the treatment when your mouth is still trying to adjust to the appliances. In case of irritation, we recommend using orthodontic wax. It will soothe the specific area and will help you eat and talk better. If this doesn’t help, then it would be best to contact us.
Loose Appliance, Bracket, or Wire
If your braces or appliance(s) happen to loosen over time, it is recommended that you consult with us about this issue. We will fix it. However, if for some reason you can’t get to our office right away, you can use wax to manage any of these problems.
In case you find a wire irritating, you can try to use a cotton swab to push it away from the wounded area or cover it with wax. If the wire still bothers you, don’t hesitate to give us a call.
Please contact us if you feel you are dealing with an orthodontic emergency. Our team of professionals guarantee to ease any orthodontic problem you may be confronted with.