Orthodontic Emergencies

Orthodontic Emergencies

Jan 16, 2019

Having braces can be a cumbersome experience, with the occasional slight discomfort each time the wires are adjusted. Your orthodontist in Phoenix, AZ will work hard to make your treatment as comfortable as possible, but you may encounter a problem that causes more severe discomfort or pain. Fortunately, these issues typically can be resolved at home. Overall though, braces tend to be worth the trouble when you come out with a straighter, more beautiful smile. Very rarely during the course of the treatment, a true dental emergency can arise. If this should happen, you will need immediate attention and your orthodontist at uSmile Orthodontics in Phoenix will be available to help get you back on track as soon as possible.

True dental emergencies may include:

  • Major trauma or injury to the teeth, mouth, or face
  • Infection, swelling, and/or bleeding of the gums, mouth, or face
  • Severe unmanageable pain in the mouth

These situations will need prompt treatment, either from your dentist or the emergency room. More minor orthodontic problems, though they may be painful, can be remedied temporarily at home until you are able to make an appointment with your orthodontist in 85044. Here are a few methods for treating common orthodontic problems.

Loose/broken brackets, bands, or wires

If the broken piece has come off, place it in a plastic bag and keep it for your next appointment. If the piece, whether it is a bracket or band, is still attached to the wire, leave it alone and make an appointment with your orthodontist. To prevent it from scraping the inside of your mouth or otherwise causing irritation, cover it with orthodontic wax.

Broken retainer

If your retainer is broken or bent, stop wearing it immediately and give us a call. Collect all the pieces and keep them in a plastic bag to bring to your next appointment. It is important to have it tended to as soon as possible so that you do not go for an extended period of time without the retainer.

General tooth pain is fairly common during orthodontic treatment. To address it, you can try a saltwater rinse (one teaspoon of salt mixed into an 8-ounce glass of warm water) twice a day. Placing a warm washcloth or heating pad on the outside of the jaw can also offer relief, as well as general pain relievers.

As with any emergency, the key to minimizing damage in the case of an orthodontic emergency is to treat it promptly. Tend to it at home when possible, but always be sure to contact your orthodontist at uSmile Orthodontics in Phoenix, AZ to have it examined.

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