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How to Handle Orthodontic Emergencies

March 14, 2016
Posted By: Dr. Natasha

Orthodontic emergencies are common problems with braces that include a broken ligature or bracket. It also includes loose wires, pain, or discomfort. If you experience any of these, then you should really schedule an appointment with your dentist.

But, before all of that, you need to remember one thing – you need to stay calm. If you do this, then it will help mitigate any problem that you are experiencing. Do not try to fix it yourself, especially when you are not a dentist. Do not try to use makeshift tools to fix any wire or bracket either; you are only going to make things worse.

Tell your dentist exactly what happened

In orthodontic emergencies, your dentist needs to know what the problem is in order for him to properly treat you. This way, you can save a lot of time and money. You cannot solve orthodontic emergencies through trial and error. After all, dentists are well trained and qualified to handle these types of situations. So, tell them what is wrong so they can give you the proper remedy.

Schedule an appointment immediately

When orthodontic emergencies arise, you should call your dentist right away. Do not prolong your agony, and do not be stubborn as well. That’s because when you keep putting off your dentist to handle broken ligatures or brackets, you will end up prolonging your agony.

Aside from the pain and swelling, you will eventually have to wear your braces a little bit longer because you didn’t address your problem immediately. When your braces fail, it won’t be able to function properly, and you would be losing a lot of precious time because of that. Although it may look and appear to be fine, the tension responsible for correcting the alignment of your teeth would no longer be there.

You wouldn’t want to wear your braces any longer than you should, so call your dentist right away whenever a problem arises.

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