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Orthodontic Emergency – Roswell, GA

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The vast majority of orthodontic treatments are completed without any significant problems. But of course, that doesn’t mean complications can’t still happen. Have your child’s dentures been damaged? Are you experiencing unusual pain that you think is connected to your orthodontic appliance? Dr. Podray-Donovan can handle all kinds of urgent situations and will make time to see you on the same day as your call whenever possible. Get in touch with us immediately if you need help with an orthodontic emergency in Roswell, GA.

Why Choose Pop Braces for Orthodontic Emergencies?

  • Same-Day Appointments for Urgent Care
  • Highly Experienced and Skilled Orthodontist
  • Adults and Children are Both Welcome

How to Handle Different Types of Orthodontic Emergencies

Teen girl with braces smiling during an emergency orthodontic visit

A true orthodontic emergency is rare, but you should call us in any situation where you are experiencing excessive oral pain or discomfort linked to an oral appliance. Don’t be afraid to call us if you have any concerns about how the treatment is going; it is always better to be safe than sorry. You may be able to resolve certain situations by yourself, but we’ll let you know when an appointment is necessary. The following tips will help you take control of some particularly common emergencies.

Girl in need of emergency orthodontic treatment holding cheek in pain

Minor Pain & Irritation

It’s normal to feel a small amount of discomfort if your braces have been recently placed or adjusted, or if you just put in a new clear aligner. After a few days, the discomfort should fade. You can take over-the-counter pain medication if you need to; rinsing with salt water can also help. Call us if the pain lasts longer than a week or starts to grow worse.

Person holding a broken retainer

Broken or Lost Retainer

Call our orthodontic office as soon as you realize your retainer has been damaged or is lost. If it is not replaced in a timely manner, you could lose the results of a previous orthodontic treatment as the teeth move back to their original position. Never try to repair a retainer on your own; the results could end up doing more harm to your teeth than good.

Orthodontist fixing a loose orthodontic bracket

Loose Bracket or Wire

You can try to push a loose bracket or wire back into its original position using the eraser end of a pencil. Until you can come in for an appointment, you should be careful not to bite or chew with the teeth near the bracket or wire in question.

Woman with braces pointing to protruding wire

Protruding Wire

Again, try to push the wire back into its proper place with a pencil eraser if you can. You may also place a piece of dental wax over the wire to protect the soft tissue inside your mouth. If you call us, we can permanently adjust the wire so that the tip doesn’t make contact with the inside of your mouth.

Girl with apple stuck in her braces

Something Stuck in the Braces

It’s never a good idea to use a toothpick, scissors, or any other kind of sharp object to remove pieces of food or any other object that might get trapped in your braces. You can try dental floss or rinsing with salt water; if neither of those approaches work, call us for help. We can figure out a way to remove it without damaging the braces or your teeth.

Girl with irritation from headgear

Irritation from Headgear

While your child might need some time to get used to sleeping with headgear, they should be able to adapt relatively quickly. Call us if your little one continues to be in pain for more than a week. We can check the fit of the headgear and make any adjustments that might be necessary for your little one’s comfort.

How to Prevent Orthodontic Emergencies

Smiling girl at orthodontic emergency appointment

If you want to avoid an orthodontic emergency, take these basic precautions:

  • Maintain a healthy oral hygiene routine that involves brushing and flossing twice a day. If you develop a cavity, it could affect the course of treatment.
  • Do not chew on popcorn kernels, ice, or anything else hard enough to break a bracket.
  • Stay away from sticky, chewy foods such as gum or taffy that can get trapped in braces.
  • Ask us for a custom mouthguard to wear while playing sports. We can design it to comfortably fit over your orthodontic appliance.

The Cost of Orthodontic Emergencies

Orthodontist examining patient during orthodontic emergency visit

Before you start to stress too much about the cost of having an orthodontic emergency fixed, realize that the cost of ignoring it could be much higher. Even a minor problem can become a large one if left alone for too long, and it could ultimately delay your treatment. If you need help making your emergency care affordable, we can talk to you about your payment options, such as insurance or our in-house financing plan; once we figure out which one is right for you, we’ll help you make the necessary arrangements and fill out the required paperwork.

Orthodontic Emergency FAQs

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Try as we may to prevent them entirely, orthodontic emergencies can happen at a moment’s notice. Fortunately, being prepared ahead of time can help prevent the already stressful experience from becoming completely anxiety-inducing. With this in mind, our emergency orthodontist, Dr. Podray-Donovan, has answered a few frequently asked questions below. If you would like immediate assistance, don’t hesitate to contact our office directly!

What Can I Do to Alleviate Discomfort from an Orthodontic Emergency?

From loose brackets to protruding wires, many orthodontic emergencies result in one thing: lots and lots of discomfort. The good news is that there are a few effective ways you can ease any soreness or aches until your appointment. First, try rinsing with a teaspoon of salt in eight ounces of warm water. Not only will this kill harmful bacteria and help prevent infection, but it can also relieve tenderness. If the pain persists, take an over-the-counter medication, like aspirin (or one you would use for a headache or similar pain).

When Should I Go to the Emergency Room for an Orthodontic Emergency?

For the majority of orthodontic-related injuries, your first call should be to Dr. Podray-Donovan. After all, many emergency rooms don’t have dentists on-staff, which means they can only manage your pain, not treat the root of the issue. However, injuries that result in potentially life-threatening conditions, like difficulty breathing or a deep facial cut, require immediate medical attention. Once you’ve received treatment, you can contact our office for a same-day appointment for additional care.

What Items Should I Include in My Orthodontic Emergency Kit?

First-aid kits are helpful, but they rarely have dental-related items that can make all the difference when handling an orthodontic emergency. Therefore, it’s beneficial to add the below items in case an injury does arise:

  • Latex-free gloves
  • Over-the-counter pain medication
  • Floss
  • Individually wrapped gauze pads
  • Orajel
  • Orthodontic wax
  • Saline rinse solution
  • Our office’s contact information

Why Do Orthodontic Emergencies Have to Be Treated Immediately?

Although your initial reaction may be to wait until your next appointment to get your bracket or wire fixed, it is of the utmost importance that you seek treatment for any orthodontic emergency immediately. Neglecting to do so not only leaves your teeth and gums vulnerable to injury, but it also can significantly delay your treatment timeline, leading to more time and money spent on treatment. So, whether something is lodged in your braces, one of the wires is irritating the inside of your cheek, or a bracket has become loose, contact our office right away!

If you need to schedule an urgent visit or are simply searching Google for an “orthodontist near me” to be prepared, Dr. Podray-Donovan and our team are here to help! Contact our office today to learn more about orthodontic emergencies or to schedule your appointment.

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