Orthodontic emergencies are rare. But when they happen, St. Johns Orthodontics is here to help you anytime.
Some of the major orthodontic emergencies include:
- Trauma or injury to the teeth
- Infection on the mouth or face
- Swelling of the gums, mouth, or face
- Unmanageable pain or discomfort
Some dental incidents may only need at-home remedies. Here is a quick guide of what you can do to fix small issues.
Loose or Lost Ligature
The tiny bands known as ligatures hold the bracket and the metal wire together. If you lose a ligature, call us immediately. It is important to note that if one ligature breaks or pops out, others may follow.
But if you still have it, you can put the ligature back in place using sterile tweezers. You can bend it back down when it is sticking out into the lip to eliminate irritation.
Loose or Broken Bracket
This is not an emergency. But if you are experiencing pain or discomfort, call us even if it is outside of your scheduled appointment.
If the bracket is loose, leave it but don’t attach any elastic. Cover with orthodontic wax if it’s causing irritation. If it has come off, keep it and bring it with you during your appointment.
General Tooth Pain
General tooth pain is a normal part of orthodontic treatment. You may experience this about four to six hours after a visit. Over the next few days, the pain may become worse.
You may simply take ibuprofen or other non-aspirin over-the-counter relievers. For soreness, swish a warm salt-water rinse.
If you believe you are experiencing an orthodontic emergency, call St. Johns Orthodontics immediately.