If you have a child or teenager with braces, you will likely have unexpected situations arise. Even adults aren’t immune to occasional issues with their orthodontia. Call your orthodontist when an incident occurs. Luckily, very few true emergencies will arise during orthodontic treatment. These tips will help you deal with any unforeseen issues.
Broken or Loose Wire – If a wire starts to poke your child, place dental wax over the area to protect the inside of the mouth. Sometimes, wires break. Bring any pieces of wire with you to the orthodontist.
Loose or Broken Bracket – When the bracket comes loose but is still attached to the wire, you should see the orthodontist right away. Once the bracket breaks off, save it and bring it with you as soon as you can see the doctor.
Loose band – Usually, a band is cemented on the tooth so the patient is in no immediate danger. Call your doctor as soon as possible so that you can go in and have the band re-cemented in place before food and bacteria get under the area.
Trauma with loose teeth – In these cases, you should contact your family dentist as well as your orthodontist to coordinate patient care.
Broken Retainer – Because a retainer holds teeth in place after braces, call your orthodontist immediately if the appliance stops fitting correctly.
Cuts or sores inside your mouth – Thoroughly rinse the area with warm salt water to help with healing. Call for an appointment so the doctor can determine the cause of irritation.