Orthodontic emergencies are rare, but we are happy to work through them with you if they do occur. Calling us right away can help us determine if you need immediate attention or if your complication can be fixed at your next appointment.
Complications with Orthodontic Appliances
Appliances that are broken or damaged can impede your orthodontic treatment if they aren’t addressed. Call our office if you experience loose bands or brackets, broken or poking wires, or sharp pain several weeks after braces. We will determine the urgency of the issue and schedule you for an appointment as necessary. Unless you experience sharp pain or severe discomfort, it is unlikely that you will have to come into our office immediately. Follow these tips to address common orthodontic problems at home until your next appointment:
If a tie wire end is poking your mouth, cover it with wax. If irritation persists, try bending it under the archwire using a blunt object, such as the eraser end of a pencil.
To manage soreness after a braces adjustment, you can use TYLENOL®. NSAIDs, such as Advil and Motrin®, can negatively affect the orthodontic process by reducing inflammation.
If your retainer or aligner tray is extremely tight or painful, do not force your teeth into place. Call us, and we will determine the next steps.
If you experience an emergency outside of our working hours, please contact our emergency number: (614) 885-2000
Injuries to the Mouth and Teeth
Dental injuries can be serious, so take whatever precautions you can to minimize your chance of harm. Athletes should always wear a protective mouth guard during activity. For athletes undergoing orthodontic treatment, custom braces-friendly mouth guards are available.
Go to the emergency dentist immediately if you incur severe injuries to the mouth and teeth. Your dentist will have the tools needed to deal with a tooth or teeth that have been fractured, moved from their place, or knocked out. If you are undergoing orthodontic treatment, call our office right after seeing the dentist so we can assess the damage and make any necessary adjustments or replacements to appliances.
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