Basic Orthodontic Emergencies

The decision to finally go under orthodontic treatment and get braces is not an easy one because we know that we are going to be in a lot of pain, and we aren’t going to be looking attractive wearing braces and then retainers for a few years. However, the result is worth the effort in the end. Now, with braces you will always have follow-up appointments where your orthodontist will examine your progress and give you another dental adjustment.

However, sometimes there are orthodontic emergencies that cannot wait till your next follow-up appointment and it is important that we are able to identify them.

  • Pain is a normal part of the entire process. After every adjustment appointment, there will be a lot of pain the first few hours, the pain will progressively get worse the next 2-4 days but it should adjust by the 5th However, if it has been over 8-10 days and the pain is still as intense and there is bleeding as well, you need to book an appointment with your orthodontist.
  • If your braces break or become loose, it would not be an immediate problem since there will be an elastic band securing the wire. You can call your orthodontist’s office asking them what to do and if they ask you to come in the next day, you should do that.
  • If the wire is poking against you and has dislodged, you should go to your orthodontist since the wire can end up potentially hurting you.
  • If you sustain an injury or have an accident that cause dental injuries while you are wearing braces, go to your orthodontist as soon as you can to get everything inspected.

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