Emergency Care For Your Braces
Occasionally, some patients will experience an injury to the mouth during their treatment with braces. Dental emergencies while wearing braces or other orthodontic appliances generally fall into two categories.
EMERGENCIES RELATED TO BRACES & ORTHODONTICS
Sometimes, appliances might be broken or bent during your orthodontic care. If there are any disturbances, such as loose bands, loose brackets, broken or poking wires, please call our orthodontics office in Vestal, New York (NY) for an appointment during patient hours. For your convenience and the convenience of scheduled patients, it is not possible to handle emergencies on a walk-in basis. In the meantime, here are some helpful hints to remedy some of the problems you may encounter until you can make it to the office.
- If a tie wire is irritating your mouth, cover it with wax or tuck it under the arch wire with a blunt object like a pencil eraser or Q-tip.
- A loose band or bracket can generally be left in place until you come in. Call the office when you notice a loose band or bracket. We will schedule you to come in and reattach it.
- A broken or poking archwire can often be bent in with a pencil erasure or cut with nail clippers. Call the office if you do not feel the problem has been resolved properly.
- Watch this video on YouTube that explains how to handle an orthodontic emergency.
DIRECT INJURIES TO THE MOUTH AND TEETH
Following a direct injury to your mouth or teeth, whether undergoing orthodontic care or not, immediately ice the injured area and contact us as soon as possible. Usually an x-ray of the involved tooth or teeth is needed to determine the extent of injury. If a tooth has been displaced, knocked out, or fractured, it is critical you be seen quickly. If a tooth is knocked out, do not attempt to clean it, store it in milk, and bring it with you.
After Office Hours
If an orthodontic emergency arises where the patient is in pain after hours, please call our orthodontics office in Vestal, NY. Information is available regarding who to contact for further assistance.