What to Do in Case of Orthodontal Emergencies

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Orthodontic emergencies include situations such as severe pain, injury to the mouth or teeth, loose or broken appliances, or significant issues affecting treatment progress that require immediate attention from an orthodontist.

If you experience severe pain, take over-the-counter pain relievers as directed and apply orthodontic wax to any protruding wires or brackets causing irritation. Contact your orthodontist for further guidance if the pain persists.

If a wire or bracket becomes loose or breaks, use orthodontic wax to temporarily stabilize the appliance and prevent irritation to the soft tissues of the mouth. Contact your orthodontist as soon as possible for repair.

Attempting to fix a broken appliance or wire at home is not recommended, as it may cause further damage or complications. Contact your orthodontist for professional repair and guidance.

Use orthodontic wax to cover the protruding wire and prevent it from irritating the soft tissues of the mouth. If the irritation persists or worsens, contact your orthodontist for evaluation and adjustment.

If you experience swelling, bleeding, or other unusual symptoms, contact your orthodontist immediately for evaluation and treatment. These symptoms could indicate an infection or other serious issue that requires prompt attention.

If you accidentally swallow a piece of your braces or aligners, contact your orthodontist or seek medical attention immediately. They can advise you on the best course of action based on the size and composition of the swallowed object.

In most cases, you can continue wearing your braces or aligners if you experience a minor orthodontic emergency, such as a loose wire or bracket, as long as it's not causing significant discomfort or irritation. However, contact your orthodontist for guidance.

Orthodontic emergencies require prompt attention

Orthodontic emergencies require prompt attention to prevent further complications and to ensure the continuation of safe and effective treatment. By understanding how to recognize and respond to these situations, you can protect your oral health and maintain progress in your orthodontic journey.

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