Occasionally, some patients will experience an injury to the mouth during treatment. Dental emergencies while wearing braces or other orthodontic appliances generally fall into two categories.
EMERGENCIES RELATED TO ORTHODONTIC APPLIANCES
Sometimes, braces might be damaged or bent during your orthodontic care. If there are any conflicts, such as loose bands, loose brackets, broken or poking wires, please call our office for an appointment during patient hours. For your convenience and the convenience of scheduled patients, it is not possible to handle emergencies on a walk in basis. In the meantime, here are some helpful tips to remedy some of the issues you may come across until our office can see you.
- A loose band or bracket can generally be left in place until seen in our office. Call Scottsdale Orthodontic Care, during patient hours, when you notice a loose band or bracket. We will schedule you to reattach the loose appliance, if indicated.
- If a tie wire is irritating your mouth, bees wax to the problem area or tuck it under the arch wire with a blunt object like a pencil eraser or Q-tip.
- A broken or poking archwire can often be bent in with a pencil erasure or cut with nail clippers. Call our office, during patient hours, if you do not feel the problem has been resolved properly.
- Watch this video explaining how to handle an orthodontic emergency.
DIRECT INJURIES TO THE MOUTH AND TEETH
Following a direct injury to your teeth or mouth, whether undergoing orthodontic care or not, instantly ice the injured area and contact your regular dentist as soon as possible. Usually, you will need an x-ray of the involved tooth or teeth to determine the degree of the injury. If a tooth has been displaced, knocked out, or fractured, it is best to contact your family dentist first, since we may not have the necessary materials or anesthesia required to treat these injuries. If the appliances are dislodged or displaced, we will need to adjust or replace the appliances ASAP, after you have seen your general dentist, depending upon the comfort level of the patient.
After Office Hours
If an orthodontic emergency arises where the patient is in pain after hours, please contact our office. Information is available regarding who to contact for further assistance.