Orthodontic Emergencies

Orthodontic Emergencies

Jan 01, 2019

Do you wear braces? Are you worried about the orthodontic emergencies that you may face while wearing braces? It’s better to have some knowledge about issues that can happen with braces.

Orthodontic emergencies:

  • Injury/ trauma to mouth, teeth, face, gums, or neck
  • Pain/ discomfort in mouth, neck, face, teeth
  • Swelling, bleeding, infection, teeth, face, and neck

Treating Minor Issues at Home

 Sometimes you may be confused if you should see a dentist immediately or a home remedy would suffice. In cases like fractured tooth, pain or swelling in mouth, jaws and teeth you may feel the need to visit the dentist, but they can be tackled at home. Home remedies don’t completely eliminate the pain or swelling but can be helpful till the time you see your dentist the next day.

Mouth Sores

Mouth sores are not caused by braces but some people may get them during the treatment. They tend to occur on tongue, gums, lips or cheeks. You can apply some topical anesthetic on the ulcer to get some relief.

Loose or Broken Brackets, Bands, or Wires

When the band of your bracket gets broken but is attached to the wire, leave it as it is till your appointment and don’t try to connect it with elastics. It may irritate the insides of your mouth so try applying orthodontic wax to it. If a piece of the bracket breaks, put it carefully and bring along during the next appointment.

Misplaced Archwire, Bracket, or Tie

During the course of treatment, the teeth begin to move and the arch wire connecting them also moves. This may cause them to poke a bit near back of the mouth and irritate your cheeks. You can move the wire or place them back with the help of eraser or tweezers.

Tooth Pain or Loosening

The teeth may loosen a bit during the treatment and cause tenderness especially if you have just had the braces. Use salt water rinse twice or thrice a day and squish for 30 seconds. You can place a heating pad on outside of cheeks for relief.