Orthodontic Emergencies – What To Do
True orthodontic emergencies are very rare, but when they do occur we are available to you. As a general rule, you should call the Maduke-Bulat Surrey orthodontic office when you experience severe pain or when you have a painful appliance problem that you can’t take care of yourself. We’ll be able to schedule an appointment to resolve the problem. You might be surprised to learn that you may be able to temporarily solve many orthodontic problems yourself until you are able to schedule an appointment with our office.
When working with your appliances, you need to know the names of the parts of your appliances so you are able to identify what part is broken or out of place. After alleviating your discomfort, it is very important that you still call our office as soon as possible to schedule a time to repair the problem. Allowing your orthodontic appliance to remain damaged for an extended period of time may result in disruptions in your treatment plan. The following solutions may help you relieve your discomfort:
Using a pencil eraser, push the poking wire down or place wax on it to alleviate the discomfort.
Loose Bracket or Band
If your bracket or band is still attached to the wire, you should leave it in place and put wax on it. If the wire comes out entirely, wrap the bracket with a tissue.
Using a tweezer, try to place your wire back into place. If doing this and using wax does not help, as a last resort use a small fingernail clipper to clip the wire behind the last tooth to which it is securely fastened. If your discomfort continues, place wax on it.
If your appliance is poking you, place wax on the offending part of your appliance.
Headgear Does Not Fit
Sometimes headgear discomfort is caused by not wearing the headgear as instructed by your orthodontist. Please refer to the instructions provided by your orthodontist. If the facebow is bent, please call our office for assistance. Surprisingly, the headgear may hurt less if it’s worn more, so be sure you’re getting in the prescribed hours.
When you get your braces on, you may feel general soreness in your mouth and teeth may be tender to biting pressures for three to five days. This can be relieved by rinsing your mouth with a warm salt water mouthwash. Dissolve one teaspoonful of salt in 8 ounces of warm water, and rinse your mouth vigorously. Placing Orabase on the affected area may help; this can be found in your local pharmacy. If the tenderness is severe, take aspirin or whatever you normally take for headache or similar pain.
The lips, cheeks and tongue may also become irritated for one to two weeks as they toughen and become accustomed to the surface of the braces. You can put wax on the braces to lessen this. We’ll show you how!
Ortho for Children
Typically we recommend a screening for all children by the age of seven in order to determine if orthodontic treatments will be required. By treating relatively simple problems early, it often eliminates the need for more extensive orthodontic treatments later in life.
Ortho for Adults
Orthodontic treatments can be successful at any age, and adults can especially appreciate the benefits of a beautiful smile. We have experience in both braces for children and braces for adults. We offer a variety of ways to straighten and align teeth that will improve appearance and self esteem.
Dr. Maduke and Dr. Bulat want to ensure that they have all the information before customizing your personal treatment plan. Take a moment to complete these online forms in advance of your next appointment.
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