Emergencies about your orthodontic treatment can be painful, cause permanent damage, and induce anxiety. It’s best to contact your orthodontist at the first time possible. Reach out to Smiles on Yonge as soon as you can so we can help fix any problems as well as help give you solutions.
How to Manage Minor Orthodontic Emergencies
If you are unable to get to us, there are some things you can do yourself to try to help manage the problem:
Lip, Cheek, or Gum Irritation
If you have severe irritation of your lips, cheeks, or gums, there are a few things you can do before you can get to an office. Apply wax to the area of the device that is causing the irritation and pain in your mouth.
If the pain is persistent, you can purchase topical anesthetics at your local drug store that will numb the area and help reduce pain until you can come into our office.
Wires That Are Poking or Protruding
If a wire is broken and poking into your cheeks, gums, or any other part of your mouth, it can be hazardous and cause damage to your mouth. It’s important to contact your orthodontist and book treatment to fix this as soon as possible. If you can’t get to an office in a reasonable amount of time, you want to try a temporary fix.
You can try using something soft, such as a pencil eraser, to the end of the wire so that that will rub against the inside of your mouth instead of the wire. You’re essentially blocking the sharp end of the wire to create a protective coating. Wax can also help depending on the problem.
If the wire extends far out, it may be best to clip the wire off. Make sure you cut it flush with the other bracket so that it doesn’t poke out at all.
Make sure that whatever you use is disinfected before you cut the wire and that you leave enough room that it won’t come out the other side of the bracket. It’s a good idea to try to seal the wire to the bracket so that it doesn’t fall out and poke your mouth.
A Loose Bracket
Sometimes a brace’s wires can break free from your tooth. It’s best to try to avoid eating hard and hazardous foods when you’re not in town, but sometimes this happens when you don’t expect it. If you can’t get in contact with your orthodontist, the best way to solve a loose bracket problem is to remove it by cutting the wire on either side of the bracket.
Be sure to cut it as close to the other brackets as possible to reduce irritation. You also need to make sure that you disinfect what you use to cut the wire with before doing so.
What to do for Severe Emergencies
If you have a serious emergency that causes severe pain and could impact your oral health, you may need to seek out immediate medical help. Try looking for emergency medical services available in your area from another orthodontist.
If you absolutely can’t find a specialist, then you may want to go to the hospital. Consider how severe the issue is before doing so, as the issue may not warrant a hospital visit.
If you have any of these problems, you should be able to solve the problem enough to relieve the immediate pain and problem.
No matter what the issue, it’s important to contact your orthodontist as soon as possible. Please reach out to us at Smiles on Yonge for the best emergency orthodontic care.