When an Orthodontic Emergency Occurs, We Are Here to Help!
Do you or your family member have loose brackets? A broken wire? Something poking you in the gums? Situations like these are frustrating, and can be easily resolved with a quick visit to our office. Sports injuries and trauma to the face, however, are more serious and need immediate attention. Our caring team are here to get your treatment back on track and restore comfort to the smile. In the event of trauma, a loose bracket or wire, or other type of concern, contact our team right away for the compassionate, specialized care your family deserves.
What Are Common Orthodontic Emergencies?
What should you do when an orthodontic emergency occurs? It is important that your treatment stays on course. At the first sign of anything out of the ordinary, please call us right away for instructions. We may be able to assist you over the phone, or schedule an emergency visit for Dr. Matt Ahrens to evaluate and treat your situation.
You can try these tips for common orthodontic emergencies to provide comfort until we are able to evaluate your condition:
Broken or Loose Wires
Gently reposition, or cover with gauze or cotton.
Remove (if possible), or leave alone until further instruction.
Rinse with warm salt water, and apply gauze or a wet teabag for 15 minutes.
Objects caught in teeth or braces
Gently try to remove with floss or a small brush.
Contact us right away, or visit the ER for immediate care, if necessary.
Emergencies Happen. Minimize Your Risk With a Few Simple Precautions!
Life happens. We understand, and are here to help your family when the unexpected occurs.
However, there are a few simple precautions you and your family can take to minimize incident and injury to orthodontic care:
- Avoid chewing on ice and foreign objects.
- Avoid eating popcorn, hard candy, seeds and nuts.
- Always where a protective mouth guard when playing sports.
- Do not use your teeth to tear or twist open packages, bottles, etc.