Emergency Orthodontist – Frisco, TX
Urgent Care for Your Braces
Actual orthodontic emergencies are very rare, but when they do occur, we are available to help. Oftentimes, patients can temporarily solve many orthodontic issues themselves until they can get to our office. After alleviating any discomfort, it is still important to call our orthodontic office to see if we need to schedule a time to repair the issue. Keep reading to learn how to handle some of the most common orthodontic emergencies and the best way to prevent them in the first place.
Why Choose Buchwald Orthodontics for Emergency Orthodontics?
- State-of-the-Art Technology & Comforts
- Board-Certified Orthodontist
- Convenient Hours & Friendly Team
But First, Is Soreness an Emergency?
One of the most common problems that can occur with orthodontics is soreness. However, this does not require a visit to your emergency orthodontist in Frisco. Slight soreness is completely normal after first getting your orthodontics and once you have appointments for adjustments. That’s because we are applying pressure to gradually shift your teeth into alignment. This soreness will eventually fade away as you get used to your orthodontics, however you should contact us right away if the soreness ever gets worse over time and turns into pain.
What Should You Do During an Orthodontic Emergency?
Orthodontic emergencies may be a rare occurrence, but it helps if you know what to do in the event that one happens. Here are some ways you can make yourself more comfortable at home until you can visit Dr. Buchwald:
Loose/Broken Brackets or Bands
Call our orthodontic office for advice if a bracket or band is loose/broken. We will let you know if the bracket/band can be reattached at your next scheduled visit or if you should come in sooner than that. If the bracket or band is still attached to the wire, you should leave it in place and put wax on it if needed for comfort. If the bracket or band is bothering you and can be removed easily, place it in an envelope and save it to bring to your next appointment.
If your wire comes out of your brace you can use a pair of tweezers or needle-nosed pliers to try to put your wire back into place. Sometimes discomfort caused by a wire on your braces can be resolved by moving the wire away from the irritated area with a cotton swab or pencil eraser. If the wire will not move, try covering the end of it with a small amount of wax. If the wire is still painful, you can cut it with nail clippers or scissors that have been washed and sterilized in alcohol.
If you lose or break one of your Invisalign aligners, it’s vital that you contact our office right away. Dr. Buchwald will provide you with a replacement as soon as possible so you can remain on track with your treatment plan. If you wait to get a replacement, your teeth may regress into their original position, losing all of the progress you’ve made. In some cases, Dr. Buchwald may recommend that you use the previous aligner in the series temporarily.
Cuts Caused by Braces
Because braces are made up of metal brackets, it is fairly common to experience small cuts and wounds if they ever catch the inside of your mouth while eating or participating in physical activity. An easy way to ease discomfort is to suck on an ice cube because it can numb the pain. If there is a lot of bleeding, you should use gauze to promote clotting. Be sure to avoid sugary or acidic foods because these will irritate the cut. Additionally, you can rinse your mouth with saltwater to speed up the healing process.
How to Prevent Orthodontic Emergencies
While orthodontic emergencies can never be completely prevented, there are some steps you can take to minimize your risk, including:
- Protection: If you participate in sports or physical activity, be sure that you’re wearing a mouthguard made to accommodate your braces. This will protect your teeth and mouth from injury.
- Dental hygiene: Be sure to brush and floss while you have orthodontics. Keeping your smile decay and infection-free will lower your risk of an emergency.
- Maintenance: Remember to follow all of our instructions regarding care for your orthodontics. If bands are involved in your treatment, wear them as directed. If you’re using clear aligners, always care for them in a soft, safe, and clean area.
If you have any questions, or if you think you’re experiencing an emergency, don’t hesitate to contact our orthodontist in Frisco today.
Emergency Orthodontist FAQs
Do you already have a plan in mind for when braces break? It’s a good idea to take the time to talk to Dr. Buchwald during your regular orthodontic appointments so that you can ask about potential emergencies that you might have to deal with in the future. The more you know, the easier it will be to take action when you need to! Let us know if you have any concerns that aren’t covered below.
What Happens if an Orthodontic Emergency is Ignored?
Emergency or not, leaving any orthodontic issue alone for too long will cause the problem to grow worse; in the end, it will end up making your treatment more complicated than it needs to be. Damaged or lost brackets and bands, for example, should be repaired or reattached as soon as possible. Otherwise, you’ll likely extend the amount of time you need to wear your braces. And of course, you won’t find relief from any pain that your emergency is causing you until you visit your emergency orthodontist in Frisco. In short, you should never make the mistake of ignoring your orthodontic emergency; call Dr. Buchwald as soon as you can.
Is It an Emergency if Something is Caught in My Braces?
Every once in a while, a bit of food or debris might become trapped in the brackets and wires that make up your braces. As uncomfortable as this situation can be, it’s rarely considered an emergency. All you need is a piece of dental floss with a knot tied into it. Thread it carefully between the wire and teeth, then gently move it back and forth. The knot should push the food out harmlessly. However, in the event that something is caught in your braces that you don’t feel you can safely remove on your own, you should get in touch with Buchwald Orthodontics; we can help you figure out your next steps over the phone.
What Happens if I Develop a Cavity While Wearing Braces?
We will give you tips for brushing and flossing while wearing braces, but even if you follow our directions perfectly, tooth decay could still occur despite your best efforts. While occasionally it might be possible to have a cavity filled while the brackets and wires are still in your mouth, in many situations it simply won’t be possible to place a filling without first removing your braces. Needless to say, this will extend your overall treatment time, so pay especially close attention to your oral hygiene habits during your orthodontic treatment.
Should I Try to Fix Braces on My Own?
It’s never a good idea to try repairing an orthodontic appliance at home. There are steps you can take to try and limit the damage – such as covering loose parts with wax or moving wires so that they don’t damage your gums – but as far as actual repairs go, it simply isn’t worth the risk; leave it to Dr. Buchwald to find a permanent solution for your orthodontic emergency.