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Types of Orthodontic Emergencies

There are various types of orthodontic emergencies. However, these emergencies are not common. In this article, you will learn about different types of orthodontic emergencies. Before we go any further, you should know what orthodontics is.

Types of Orthodontic Emergencies
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Orthodontics is the method for straightening the teeth. This specific medical practice provides an amazing smile and improves the functionality of your teeth. The orthodontist will use braces to perform their procedures and align your teeth. If you want to undergo the procedure, the professional orthodontist will apply various components to your mouth. These components can include metal and rubber pieces. This article is about types of orthodontic emergencies and how you can solve them.

Types of Orthodontic Emergency

1.     Broken Bands, Brackets, or Wires

Sometimes, after placing the braces, you suffer from pain because of misuse. For instance, you constantly play with your braces or eat foods such as candy or bubble gum. The result of your eating habits loosens the wires, bands, and brackets in your teeth. When this happens, it pokes inside your mouth and causes injury.

Also, these issues will waste a lot of your time. You will need to visit the orthodontist again, so they can fix them. However, you can reduce the issue by consuming safe foods and following the guidelines suggested by the orthodontist.

When the bracket or band shows signs of breaking from the wire, then you should avoid touching it. If you feel irritation from the wire sticking out, then apply some orthodontic wax. Orthodontic wax provides instant relief until you visit the orthodontist. If the piece completely breaks off, then keep that piece along when going to visit the orthodontist. Moreover, if you “fix” the problem at home, you still need to visit the doctor. They will permanently solve the problem.

2.     Tie, Bracket, or Wire Moves from its Place

When you chew or move your mouth to talk, your teeth will start to adjust with the braces. Your teeth contain an archwire that moves from its place inside the mouth and starts to poke into your cheeks. Before it leads to any injury, divert the tip of the wire to a comfortable position.

For that, you need a pencil eraser or a Q-tip. You can also use tweezers for adjusting the ties or wires, bringing them back to the original position. When you place the wires in the right position, it will reduce the risk of injury. And then, you can rush to the doctor without any additional damage.

3.     Tooth Loosening or Tooth Pain

Many people will find it frightening when their teeth loosen up. However, loosening teeth indicates that the process is working fine. When your teeth start to move from the old position into the new one, they tend to move. This causes them to loosen up. Because your teeth move, your mouth will feel tender for a while. The best way to find relief is by adding a teaspoon of salt to the water and rinse your mouth for 30 seconds. You can soothe your jaw with a warm washcloth or heating pad. Furthermore, anti-inflammatory and pain relievers can help you reduce the pain in the tooth. Medicines such as ibuprofen or Tylenol also tend to help.

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4.     A Broken Retainer

The metal or plastic pieces of the retainers might move from the position, bend, or break into pieces. If that happens, you should collect all the pieces and visit the orthodontist. Orthodontists can repair the retainer if they have original pieces. So place the pieces in a plastic bag to keep all of them together. Furthermore, if you feel that the retainer is improperly fit or strain, you should remove the retainer and head to your doctor. They will fix the problem and place back the retainers.

5.     Swallowing the Part

It is possible that you may swallow the pieces from your retainer. But, there is no need to panic about it. Retainers usually pass through your digestive system and exit the body without any harm. However, if you are choking or unable to breathe due to blockage, you should immediately seek medical help.

Types of Orthodontic Emergencies: Conclusion

Orthodontic treatment is a safe and comfortable procedure to straighten your teeth and bring that hollywood-style smile that you always wanted. However, it is possible that you may feel tender, sore, pain, and irritation in the jaw, mouth, and teeth. Especially when the first time an orthodontist places the braces, they will give your teeth and mouth to adjust with the changes. With time, your mouth will adjust with the braces making you feel normal.

At Manhattan Family Orthodontics, we offer a comfortable environment and perform the procedures with modern and high-quality tools and instruments. Our highly qualified team of dentists will provide the best service to protect your teeth.

If you have an orthodontic emergency, contact us as soon as possible at one of our NYC locations:

MFO Uptown
133 East 58th Street
(Bet. 58th & 59th Street)
New York, NY 10022
(646) 760-8028

MFO Downtown
11 Fifth Avenue
(Bet. 8th & 9th Street)
New York, NY 10003
(212) 477-3871