In fact, true orthodontic emergencies are rare. We would like to give you some guidelines on handling an emergency so that we may better help you!
TRUE ORTHODONTIC EMERGENCIES:
These usually involve direct injury to the mouth or teeth. For example, a car accident or sports accident may involve the mouth or teeth in addition to other more serious injuries. The patient is generally seen in the emergency room first.
OTHER ORTHODONTIC PROBLEMS:
Most of these issues can be handled over the phone. However, in some occasions, we may need to schedule an appointment in the office to correct the problem. If we see you in the office, our primary goal is to make you comfortable. You may need to schedule another appointment to complete the emergency repair. These items include:
Loose bracket (small square glued to front teeth)
Loose band (ring around back teeth)
Wire poking or sticking, or a broken wire
Colored tie (around the bracket) off
Separator or spacer that comes out
Lost or broken retainer
- If a wire, bracket, or band is irritating your mouth, cover it with orthodontic wax.
- If you experience soreness from treatment, rinse the mouth with warm salt water and take a pain reliever, such as Advil or Aleve, if necessary.
- A loose bracket or band can generally be left in place until you are see in our office.
- For a lost or broken retainer, please call our office as soon as possible so that we may schedule you for an impression in order to repair or remake the retainer.
- If you need to cut a wire that is uncomfortable, you can cut it with nail clippers that have been washed and disinfected in alcohol.
- Do not worry about losing a separator, but please call our office to see if it needs to be replaced.
If you have any questions or concerns --- please do not hesitate to give us a call. We are happy to assist you in any way that we can!