If you are receiving orthodontic treatment, or your child has been undergoing treatment, you can rest assured that emergencies related to orthodontics rarely happen. Most orthodontic emergencies can be taken care of at home. However, if something goes wrong and there is no simple fix, be sure to contact your orthodontist office to make a repair appointment as soon as possible. Don’t wait until a small problem becomes a big one. Here are a few pointers to help you deal with the incidents that can occur with orthodontic treatment
When it comes to broken braces, this is an issue for the orthodontist. Whether brackets actually become detached from the teeth, broken, or broken wires occur, it is important to schedule a repair appointment. However, while waiting, it is possible to try a few temporary measures at home. Loose brackets can be removed by snipping the wire with sterilized nail clippers. This resort is effective if the bracket is causing pain.
If any part of the braces have become broken and irritate the mouth, try using wax or cotton as a source of protection. Cutting and removing wires may be a final resort until it’s possible to get into the orthodontist’s office. Lost spacers are another issue that cannot be resolved at home. Simply contact the office to determine if it is necessary to come in for new spacers.
As a rule of thumb, always call our orthodontists if there is an issue involving extreme pain or a major malfunction with braces. The team at Nth Degree Orthodontics makes your dental health a top priority and wants your experience to be as positive as possible. Don’t be afraid to ask questions in order to find the best solutions for any problems that arise during treatment. While emergencies are extremely rare in the world of orthodontics, your orthodontist’s team will gladly assist you.