Orthodontic treatment is essential for achieving a beautiful and healthy smile, but sometimes unexpected issues can arise that require immediate attention. Dr. Feinstein provides emergency orthodontic care in Chesterfield, Virginia, to resolve these issues, alleviate your discomfort and keep your treatment plan on track.
Whether you or your child wear braces or aligners, knowing how to address common orthodontic emergencies can help alleviate discomfort and prevent further complications. Here is a guide to emergency orthodontic care:
Orthodontic soreness is common, especially after adjustments. We recommend:
- Use over-the-counter pain relievers like ibuprofen to manage discomfort.
- Rinse your mouth with warm saltwater to soothe irritation.
- Apply orthodontic wax to any sharp or rough spots on braces or aligners.
A certain level of tooth mobility is expected during orthodontic treatment, but if a tooth feels excessively loose, contact Feinstein 360 Orthodontics immediately. Avoid eating hard or sticky foods until you see our orthodontist.
Loose or Poking Wires
Contact our office to resolve this issue. Before you arrive, you can manage loose or poking wires by:
- Using a clean pencil eraser to gently push protruding wires down and away from the cheek or gum.
- Covering the wire with orthodontic wax if it cannot be repositioned.
Loose or Broken Brackets
Save any loose or broken brackets and bring them to Dr. Feinstein. If a bracket is causing irritation, cover it with orthodontic wax until your appointment.
If you experience a severe oral injury, such as a knocked-out tooth or deep cut, seek immediate medical attention. After a dental emergency, inform our orthodontist for further guidance on adjusting your treatment plan.
Remember, in any orthodontic emergency, contacting our orthodontist and team is crucial. We will provide the best advice and ensure that your treatment progresses smoothly. Taking prompt action can prevent complications and maintain the journey towards a beautifully aligned smile. Call us at 804-735-0365 to schedule an emergency appointment and receive the care you need!