What is an Orthodontic Emergency?
TECHNICALLY, ’DENTAL EMERGENCY’ MAY NOT BE the right words. However, wearing orthodontics hurts sometimes. If something is bothering you, we are here to help. At Raineri and DiCosimo, your orthodontist in Liverpool and Baldwinsville, NY, we want to be sure you are as comfortable as possible throughout your orthodontic treatment.
Perhaps you’re out of town or on vacation or don’t want to make a big deal about your discomfort. Regardless, there may be something you can try on your own to fix the pain quickly. Read below for a quick guide to common problems and how you can help them.
Mouth sores are inevitable to most who wear traditional orthodontic appliances. You can treat sores on the inside of your mouth by using a small amount of dental wax over the area that bothers you. Topical anesthetic, such as Ora-Gel, can relieve pain and give you time to heal.
Pain or Discomfort
Braces and Invisalign put constant pressure on the teeth and jaw around the tightening phases. There is more force on your teeth that causes movement and a bit of pain. After a couple of days, the soreness typically goes away.
An over-the-counter pain reliever can help. Follow the recommended dosages and do not exceed the maximum amount stated.
Feeling uncomfortable in braces is typical but should not last more than a few days. If you are uncomfortable for more than a couple of days, there is likely an underlying issue. Give us a call for an appointment.
Losing an elastic or the small wire in place of it happens occasionally. The o-ring is what holds your metal braces together, so do not put off calling your orthodontist in Liverpool and Baldwinsville, NY, if it is lost. If it simply fell out, you may be able to reattach it yourself carefully with a pair of tweezers. If not, schedule an appointment at Raineri and DiCosimo Orthodontics.
With an out-of-slot or poking wire, use dental wax over the wire until you can come and see us in person. Use a pencil eraser or cotton bud to try and push the wire close against your teeth until you can have it adjusted.
Loose or Broken Brackets
Try using the orthodontic wax to hold a loose or broken bracket in place until you can have it fixed. Please do your best to keep track of the bracket and take it with you to your orthodontist appointment.
If you are experiencing any true orthodontic emergencies, we are always available to you. Please do not suffer in pain. Reach out to us as soon as possible. We will help you through your appliance problem as quickly and efficiently as possible.
We want you to have the most pleasant experience straightening those crooked teeth and getting great oral health and the beautiful smile you always wanted. If you need orthodontics in Baldwinsville or Liverpool, we want to be your orthodontist. Give us a call and ask about our orthodontic treatment plans.