If you wear an orthodontic appliance (such as braces and headgear), you’ve probably had to adjust to initial aching and soreness.
But what if you suffer an injury in connection with your orthodontics?
Do This First
The first thing to do if you believe you’ve suffered an orthodontic injury is to determine the severity of the problem. Is it urgent, requiring immediate intervention? Or is it a minor problem that you can begin treating at home?
If you’ve experienced a major injury, such as sudden pain, swelling, or trauma to the teeth, mouth, or face, seek immediate help. You may even decide to go to the emergency room.
If you’d like to call us here at the Marconi Dental Group first, we’ll take note of your situation and circumstances and help you decide whether or not to come in immediately, or arrange for a visit in the near future.
Loose or Broken Pieces
If the brackets, bands, or wires on your appliance have broken, try not to touch the affected piece. If a broken piece is sticking out and causing you pain, try covering it with orthodontic wax. If the band or bracket has come off completely, try to find it and then store it in a place safe. Then, contact us and we’ll set up an appointment to get your appliance repaired.
Pieces That Are Sticking out
As your teeth begin moving into position, the archwire (the wire running across the appliance that connects your teeth) may start causing irritation. You might try using a Q-Tip, pencil eraser, or a pair of tweezers to move the wire into a different position.
Heavy Pain or Loosening
It’s normal to experience some pain shortly after braces are applied or adjusted. You may even experience a slight “loosening” feeling in your tooth, but that’s good. That means the treatment is working!
But if you’re struggling with severe pain, you’d likely benefit from an over-the-counter pain medication such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen. Rinsing your mouth with a mild warm salt water solution may also provide some relief.
Regardless of the severity of your injury, our Carmichael emergency dentists are here for you. And we want your orthodontic treatment to be as pleasant as possible. Feel free to call us if you have any additional questions.