Orthodontic Emergencies

Orthodontic emergencies can happen when we least expect them. If you are facing an orthodontic emergency in Naples, FL, we’re here to help. Whether you are having trouble with your braces or another orthodontic issue, we’re here to help you get your orthodontic treatment back on track.

What is an Orthodontic Emergency?

Many orthodontic problems can be solved at home, however, there are some cases that may be considered an orthodontic emergency. Severe pain, trauma to the mouth, or infected gums may require a trip to your orthodontist. If you are unsure what to do, call our office for advice. Our team can determine the best way to handle your orthodontic problem and help you schedule a visit if needed.

What to do in an Orthodontic Emergency

Mild discomfort is common with orthodontic treatment, especially following an adjustment or the first few days after treatment begins. However, if you are experiencing consistent pain that will not go away, it’s best to contact your orthodontist. Many of the following issues can be addressed at home, however, if you have an issue such as a broken retainer, call your orthodontist to schedule a visit right away.

Loose or Broken Brackets

Brackets from braces may become loose or detached. This is not considered a serious emergency and may happen when eating hard or sticky food or playing with your brackets. Your braces should still work until you can be seen by your orthodontist. Leave your bracket in place and cover it with wax if you’re experiencing discomfort. 

Wire Poking Cheeks or Gums

If you have an archwire that is poking out and causing discomfort to your cheeks or gums, there are a few ways to address this problem. Either use a ball of wax on the end of the wire to protect your mouth or shorten the wire using clean, disinfected nail clippers. 

Ulcers or Sores Inside Your Mouth

Braces can cause ulcers or sores to develop inside your mouth. These are normal and should not last very long. It’s best to avoid touching the sores with your hands. Covering the bracket or wire that is causing the sore with wax can help. Topical gels can also help heal the sores.

Lost Rubber Band

Elastic bands are placed over the brackets to keep the archwire in place. A lost rubber band is not an emergency and can be replaced at home using clean tweezers. If you are unable to replace the rubber band, you can wait until your next orthodontist visit to have the rubber band replaced.

Broken Retainer

If your retainer breaks, contact your orthodontist right away. A broken retainer can work incorrectly by applying force in the wrong areas of your smile. Replacing your retainer right away is important for maintaining your alignment. 

We’re Here For You

When you are experiencing an orthodontic emergency, our team is here to help. Simply call our office and we’ll make sure you can be seen as soon as possible. We’re here to answer your questions, evaluate your smile and address your pain. We’ll also recommend the best solutions for your emergency. 

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