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Orthodontic emergencies can be stressful and painful, but knowing what to do can help alleviate some of the anxiety. In this blog, we will discuss some common orthodontic emergencies and provide tips on how to deal with them.

Loose or Broken Brackets

If a bracket becomes loose or breaks, it can cause discomfort and affect the effectiveness of the braces. If a bracket is still attached to the wire, leave it in place and cover it with orthodontic wax to prevent it from rubbing against the inside of the mouth. If the bracket comes off completely, save it and bring it with you to your next appointment. Call your orthodontist to schedule a repair appointment as soon as possible.

Poking Wires

Sometimes, wires can shift and poke the inside of the mouth, causing discomfort and irritation. Use a pencil eraser to gently push the wire back into place or cover it with orthodontic wax to prevent it from poking the inside of the mouth. If the wire is still poking and causing significant pain, call your orthodontist to schedule a repair appointment.

Broken or Loose Appliances

If any part of the appliance becomes loose or breaks, it can affect the effectiveness of the treatment and cause discomfort. If any part of the appliance is still attached, leave it in place and cover it with orthodontic wax to prevent it from rubbing against the inside of the mouth. If the appliance comes off completely, save it and bring it with you to your next appointment. Call your orthodontist to schedule a repair appointment as soon as possible.

Mouth Sores

Mouth sores can be common during orthodontic treatment, especially during the first few weeks. Rinse your mouth with warm salt water to soothe the sore and promote healing. If the sore persists or causes significant pain, contact your orthodontist for advice on additional treatment options.

Foods to Avoid

Certain foods can cause damage to braces and appliances, and should be avoided during treatment. These foods include hard, sticky, and chewy items such as candy, popcorn, and gum. Eating these foods can cause brackets or wires to become loose or break, leading to an orthodontic emergency.

Orthodontic emergencies can be alarming, but knowing what to do can help alleviate some of the stress and discomfort. If the issue is minor, you may be able to handle it at home with orthodontic wax. If the issue is more serious, such as a broken appliance or significant pain, contact your orthodontist immediately to schedule a repair appointment. Contact Sweet Tooth Orthodontics & Children’s Dentistry today to schedule your child’s next appointment. 

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