Orthodontic Emergencies are Rarely Genuine Emergencies
Do orthodontic emergencies happen? That depends on what you consider an emergency. Rarely will a patient experience a problem that requires immediate care; this usually happens when there is an accident, and the patient should go to the emergency room for treatment. Orthodontic emergencies usually just mean there is a problem with the appliance that should be treated as soon as possible, but it can wait a few hours, or even a few days if needed.
Contact our office if you experience severe pain or have a painful appliance problem. We will schedule an appointment for you as early as possible. You can contact us both during and outside of office hours, even over the weekend.
Many “Emergencies” can be Solved at Home, at Least Temporarily.
However, even after you correct the problem, you should come see us. Most issues will need to be corrected by the doctor as well in order to not derail treatment. Below are some simple solutions you can use at home for temporary relief until we can see you.
- Poking Wire: Use a clean pencil eraser to push the poking wire down. Place wax on it to stop it from hurting.
- Loose Bracket or Band: Leave it in place and use wax to keep it from annoying you. If it comes off completely, save it inside a secure case and bring it to the appointment.
- Loose Wire: Using small clippers, clip the wire behind the last tooth it is fastened to.
Another Concern is General Soreness.
Braces can cause some soreness. This is expected, but that doesn’t mean you will be happy with it. When braces are placed, you will experience this for about five days; you will also deal with it for about a day after each adjustment. Use saltwater rinses and over-the-counter pain reliever to manage it.
Remember, if you are ever worried about your appliance, you can contact us.