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When orthodontic emergencies happen, we’re here to help
Shawano Orthodontics is ready to help determine if you’re experiencing an orthodontic emergency or a more common issue.
Most orthodontic repairs and issues can be handled at your next regularly scheduled appointment without the needs for a special appointment. Other repairs and issues require a more immediate visit or even orthodontic emergency care. We’re always available to help determine if you’re experiencing an orthodontic emergency. Simply call 715.526.2544 to get in touch with our team.
What is an orthodontic emergency?
Fortunately, it is relatively rare to experience an actual orthodontic emergency. But when our patients do experience an emergency situation during treatment, we are here to provide the emergency care needed. Schedule an emergency orthodontist appointment by calling our office if you experience one of the following:
How to handle common issues with braces
Some common orthodontic issues and inconveniences, such as loose bands or brackets, broken or poking arch wires, and general tenderness, can usually be managed at home until your next appointment. It’s important to take good care of your braces, as some situations like damaged appliances will require a repair visit and may even prolong treatment. Here are some suggestions for how to handle the most common issues you may notice during your orthodontic treatment:
Loose wires and bands
The wires and bands on your braces may sometimes come loose. You can temporarily fix a loose wire by using the eraser end of a pencil to carefully push the wire back into place. If the loose wire is broken or irritating your lips or cheeks, place some wax or sugar-free gum over the wire. Contact us during regular business hours so we can determine if a repair appointment is needed.
Your teeth and mouth may feel a bit tender, sore or irritated during treatment, which is perfectly normal. To help relieve oral tissue discomfort, dissolve one teaspoon of salt in eight ounces of lukewarm water, this will also promote the healing of your mouth. Swish and gargle this solution in your mouth for a few minutes before spitting out. You can also apply wax to your braces to lessen the irritation, and a pain reliever will help with tooth or jaw aches and pains.
Loose or broken brackets
Experiencing a loose or broken bracket is not uncommon. To remove a broken bracket, you may need to remove the tie or elastic. Keep the bracket in a safe location to bring to your next appointment. If the bracket is not easily removed and still attached to the wire, use wax to hold the bracket in place and call us to determine if a repair appointment should be scheduled.
If you experience a sports injury, immediately check your mouth for loose teeth or significant damage to your appliance. If detected, contact our office to determine the need for emergency care. You can temporarily relieve discomfort by applying wax, rinsing with warm salt water, or with pain relievers. It’s important that all athletes have a properly fitting mouth guard.
Broken or lost appliances
If any piece of your orthodontic appliance or retainer is broken or lost, call our office for immediate guidance and to schedule a repair appointment. If your appliance is only cracked but not broken, you can continue to wear it.
If your teeth begin feeling a little loose, don’t be alarmed. This is a perfectly normal part of the straightening process. Braces need to loosen your teeth before shifting them into the correct position. Once your teeth have been repositioned, they will no longer feel loose.