Care When You Need it Most
For Orthodontic Emergencies
Getting braces is a great way to straighten your teeth, improve your oral health, and get a beautiful smile. However, accidents happen and orthodontic emergencies involving damaged braces can be stressful and painful. That’s why Dr. Marzban and the team at Kingstowne Dental Specialists offer emergency care for orthodontic patients. Call us now to get help right away!
What Is An Orthodontic Emergency?
An orthodontic emergency is any unexpected issue that has to do with your braces or other orthodontic treatment. For example, if you dislodge one of your brackets when eating a piece of hard food, this is an emergency. If you lose one or more of your bands from your braces, this is also an emergency.
Getting help for an orthodontic emergency is important for keeping your treatment on track. If you don’t get your braces repaired right away, your teeth may not shift properly, and your treatment can fall behind.
How to Handle a Lost Separator or Spacer
Spacers are usually worn before your braces are placed to shift your molars or other teeth so that molar bands can be applied to hold your braces in place. These spacers are supposed to stay in place until Dr. Marzban removes them, but they may fall out on their own if you pick at them or eat sticky foods.
If you lose a separator or spacer, give Kingstowne Dental Specialists a call. You will likely need to come in to have it replaced, and your treatment may need to be delayed if you lose a spacer prematurely.
Common Orthodontic Emergencies
A Loose Bracket Or Band
If you have cosmetic orthodontic issues and don’t want to commit an extensive amount of time to treatment, Six Month Smiles may be the right option for you. It’s important to note that this treatment is focused exclusively on aesthetics. Six Month Smiles is not intended to treat serious orthodontic conditions like jaw problems or a malpositioned bite, and cannot be used for teeth that are severely rotated or crooked. To treat these types of orthodontic problems, traditional braces or Invisalign are typically recommended.
How to Handle
A Loose Wire
The wires in your braces should never feel loose. If they feel loose, this means they do not have the required tension to move your teeth. If this happens, it could indicate that your wire was dislodged or damaged, so come into Kingstowne Dental Specialists for an emergency appointment with Dr. Marzban right away.
What To Do About
A Poking Wire
If you have a wire that is poking and irritating your cheek, you can try bending it away from your mouth with a toothpick or tweezers. If this doesn’t work, you can use a blob of orthodontic wax on the end of the wire to prevent it from poking you.
If your wire continues to poke and irritate your cheek and causes a sore, come see Dr. Marzban. He can strategically bend or trim the wire to relieve your discomfort. Do not try to cut the wire on your own!