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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.