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10 Common Orthodontic Emergencies
Orthodontics is a dental method that straightens your teeth for function or asthenic reasons. The use of metal braces and Invisalign are some of the common treatment methods used for this purpose. Metal braces treatment procedure involves the placement of different components in your mouth including metal pieces and a number of rubber pieces. Both methods do give you a straight smile but in some cases, emergencies might occur. In this article, we look at some of these emergencies and how to deal with them.
Direct injury to your teeth or mouth
You might injure your mouth after undergoing orthodontic care or during routine activities. If the injury has affected the orthodontic appliances, you will need to visit your dentist. He or she will perform an x-ray to check the extent of the injury. In case your braces are affected by the injury, they might need to be adjusted or replaced.
After orthodontic treatment, your teeth might become infected. Infections are characterized by pain and swelling along the infected tooth that gets worse with time. In such a situation, you need to seek dental care as soon as possible.
Knocked out tooth
If your tooth is knocked out, you need to act quickly. Pick your tooth by the root and try to put it back in the socket. If this is not possible put the tooth in a container of milk and call your dentist. Once the tooth is treated by the dentist, let your orthodontist know so that they can fix any damaged appliances.
If you have just had braces your gums, cheeks, and teeth might be sore for about a week after the treatment. To help with the irritation you can use a pain reliever. You can also rinse your mouth with salty water or use the wax given to you by your orthodontist. However, in some instances, you might have constant irritation and painful areas that do not seem normal. In such a situation, visit your orthodontist, as your braces might need adjustment.
Some patients feel their braces more in their mouth especially after treatment than others. Mouth sores are common. You can use anesthetic gel if you notice sores on the lips or cheeks. The gel will provide relief. If the sores keep reoccurring and are very painful, make an appointment with your orthodontist so that he or she can make adjustments to your braces.
Brackets in your braces are attached to the teeth with a strong adhesive. However, the brackets do come loose especially if you are in the habit of eating sticky and hard foods. The brackets can also come loose in case of an impact on the braces that can happen during an accident or during sporting activities.
If you have a detached bracket, you need to schedule an appointment with your orthodontist who will reaffix the bracket. To protect against loose brackets always wear a mouth guard while participating in sporting activities.
The wires on your braces are supposed to fit along the horizontal slots on your brackets. However, sometimes the wires can get out of the alignment. This can happen if you are hit in your mouth or if you eat foods that are not recommended when you have braces. Loose wires will cause irritations in your mouth.
You can try to push the wire back in its position using a Q-tip or a pencil eraser. You can also use tweezers to bend the wire back or even relief wax to hold the wire in position. In some instances, this might not work and you can make an appointment with your orthodontist who will be able to fix the loose wire.
Missing rubber bands
Your orthodontist will use rubber bands to correct bite problems. The rubber bands are placed at different angles so that they can place the required force on the teeth. When a rubber band falls out this is not an emergency and patients can easily replace the rubber bands. If a band is lost, you can replace it with another one given to you by your orthodontist.
Swallowing one of the appliances
If you swallow a piece of your appliance, do not panic. In most instances, the piece will go to the stomach and be passed out through a bowel movement.
However, in some instances, you might swallow an appliance and experience difficulty breathing. You need to seek medical attention as soon as possible. Your doctor will perform X-rays to determine the location of the swallowed appliance.
Lost Invisalign aligner
If you lose an Invisalign aligner, you need to call your orthodontist immediately. You will get a new one. Before you get to the dentist, you can use the aligner from your last set. Always keep your aligners in their case if you are not using them to prevent losing them.
If you live in Spring Texas and you have concerns with your orthodontic appliances, you can visit Vita Dental. We will be happy to help. In case you are interested in getting braces or Invisalign, schedule an appointment with us and meet our friendly orthodontists who will take care of your needs in a professional manner.
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