What is an orthodontic emergency — and what isn't?
Orthodontic emergencies are uncommon, but they can happen. In many situations, you can exercise extra care and wait a day or two until you can get an appointment with your orthodontist.
That said, there are circumstances where you should seek emergency orthodontics immediately. Check out the list below to learn what issues require urgent attention.
Below are some rare situations that call for immediate care:
- Major injury or trauma to the face
- Swelling, infection or bleeding of the gums, face or mouth
- Severe and unmanageable pain in the mouth
If you experience any of the above, seek medical attention immediately. Depending on the injury, your best option may be to visit the emergency room.
Less urgent situations
Many orthodontic issues create minor annoyances and can worsen over time. If you experience any of the following, you should schedule an orthodontist appointment as soon as possible:
- Loose bracket: If your bracket is still attached to the wire, keep it there and cover it with wax. If it comes off completely, cover it with tissue and bring it to your emergency orthodontist appointment.
- Loose wire: Schedule an appointment as soon as you notice any loose wires to get it readjusted. In the meantime, you can cover the end with wax to limit discomfort.
Food stuck in your teeth: If you get food stuck in your teeth and it’s causing you pain, see your orthodontist as soon as possible. They can remove debris and keep your teeth safe.
- General soreness: It’s normal to experience mild discomfort, especially after an adjustment. If the pain lasts for more than a few days and becomes unmanageable, you may want to schedule an appointment with your orthodontist.
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