Emergency Orthodontic Care
True orthodontic emergencies are very rare. However, from time to time, emergencies do occur when people are wearing braces or appliances. Some emergencies are more serious than others. How can you tell? Senestraro Family Orthodontics would love to give you information on what to do in case of an emergency. In almost all cases, you can easily make yourself or your child comfortable and call during business hours to make an appoinmtment to come in at your concvenience. In some cases you need to give us a call right away.
The Guide to Handling Orthodontic Emergencies will help you manage most issues with your braces. Please use youtube to help you get comfortable if something breaks. There are excellent videos on just about every orthodontic emergency subject imaginable. Youtube videos are especially helpful for issues with your Forsus springs.
Tips for Wire Clip Braces
Tips on Forsus Spring Out
What Constitutes an Orthodontic Emergency?
Dealing With General Soreness
Soreness is not an uncommon issue with braces. It can occur right after you first get your braces and following your adjustments. You may feel tenderness and have some pain when you bite or chew. This is due to the forces the wires are exerting on your teeth. Soreness generally only lasts for a few days and can be alleviated with a warm saltwater rinse.
Sores and Irritation
Sores and irritation on your lips and cheeks are fairly common. They occur when the brackets rub the sensitive soft tissues, and they can be rather uncomfortable. We can provide you with paraffin wax, which you can apply over the brackets so that the tissue can heal.
Getting Food Caught in Your Braces
Getting food stuck in your braces can be both embarrassing as well as uncomfortable. Fortunately, it's an easy issue to deal with. If you have floss with you, you can tie a knot in the string and thread it under the wire to help dislodge whatever is stuck. Otherwise, you can use a toothpick. Just be very careful that you do not poke your gums or damage your braces.
Loose Brackets and Wires
The brackets that are bonded to your teeth are fairly resilient, but eating something too hard can cause them to come loose. A sports injury or blow to the face can also cause the bracket to pop off of your tooth. If your bracket comes loose, give our office a call as soon as you can. Take care until your appointment to avoid any further harm.
The wires are fitted into the brackets. Sometimes, it can come loose. If it does, you may be able to fit it back into the bracket with tweezers. If you cannot get the wire back in, snip it behind the last tooth where it is secure. Call to schedule an appointment as soon as possible.
Facial Trauma With Braces
If you experience a traumatic facial injury, it is important to schedule an emergency appointment right away. Traumatic injuries can cause your teeth to become loose or even fall out. They can result in soft tissue trauma or even bone damage. These issues need to be addressed immediately.
Preventing Orthodontic Emergencies
Taking care to prevent orthodontic emergencies can go a long way. Avoid eating certain types of foods, such as those that are hard, crunchy, or sticky, to prevent brackets or wires from coming loose. Avoid playing with your braces or poking at them. Take care when you brush and floss. Moreover, if you play sports, it is important that you get a custom mouthguard. A custom mouthguard can be made from an impression of your mouth while you are wearing your braces, which will allow the mouthguard to provide you with optimal protection.
If you have experienced an orthodontic emergency, the first step is not to panic. For more information, and to schedule an appointment, call Senestraro Family Orthodontics at (503) 925-3335 right away.
If you have an after hours or weekend emergency Dr. Seth can be reached on his personal cell 707-407-7050.
PLEASE ONLY USE THIS LINE FOR TRUE EMERGENCIES, YOU CAN USE THE GUIDE ABOVE AND YOUTUBE VIDEOS TO COMFORTABLE UNTIL YOU CAN MAKE IT IN FOR A COMFORT APPOINTMENT IN ALMOST ALL CASES. IF YOU HAVE FACIAL TRAUMA WITH EXTREMELY WIGGLY TEETH, DISPLACED OR LOST TEETH, SEVERELY BENT WIRES OR BRACKETS STUCK IN GUMS OR LIPS CALL DR. SETH IMMEDIATELY.