Emergency Orthodontist in Denton & Krum, TX
True orthodontic emergencies are very rare, but when they do occur we are available to you. As a general rule, you should call our orthodontic office in Denton or Krum when you experience severe pain or when you have an uncomfortable appliance problem that you can’t take care of yourself. We’ll be able to schedule an appointment to resolve the problem.
Can I Fix Broken Braces Temporarily?
You might be surprised to learn that you may be able to temporarily solve many problems yourself until you schedule an appointment with our office. When working with your appliances, you need to know the names of the parts of your appliances so you are able to identify what part is broken or out of place.
After alleviating your discomfort, it is very important that you still call our office as soon as possible to schedule a time to repair the problem. Allowing your appliance to remain damaged for an extended period of time may result in disruptions in your treatment plan or further damage to your orthodontic appliance.
Common Problems With Your Braces & How to Temporarily Fix Them
Using a pencil eraser, push the poking wire down or place wax on it to alleviate the discomfort.
Loose bracket or band
If your bracket or band is still attached to the wire, you should leave it in place and put wax on it. If the wire comes out entirely, wrap the bracket with a tissue.
Using a tweezer, try to put your wire back into place. If doing this and using wax doesn’t help, as a last resort use a small fingernail clipper to clip the wire behind the last tooth to which it is securely fastened. If your discomfort continues, place wax on it.
If your appliance is poking you, place wax on the offending part of your appliance.
When you get your braces on, you may feel general soreness in your mouth and teeth may be tender to biting pressures for three to five days. This can be relieved by rinsing your mouth with a warm saltwater mouthwash. Dissolve one teaspoonful of salt in 8 ounces of warm water, and rinse your mouth vigorously. Placing Orabase on the affected area may help; this can be found in a pharmacy. If the tenderness is severe, take whatever you normally take for headache or similar pain.
The lips, cheeks and tongue may also become irritated for one to two weeks as they toughen and become accustomed to the surface of the braces. You can put wax on the braces to lessen this. We’ll show you how!
Invisalign Trays Feel Scratchy
You can use a clean fingernail file to smooth out any sharp or rough edges on Invisalign trays. If this isn’t enough, place a thin line of wax along the rough area until we can smooth them for you on your next appointment.
Call Us Now To Schedule With Our Emergency Orthodontist in Denton & Krum
It is important that you call us immediately if you are experiencing any emergency with your braces or orthodontic appliances. We will happily assist you as soon as possible.