The teeth and the mouth are susceptible to injuries and damage just like any other part of the human body. When your teeth are injured, your orthodontic gear can also suffer, but you won’t have to look far for the solution!
When you, a friend, or a loved one experiences an orthodontic emergency, you can trust DiMarzio Orthodontics to address it quickly and efficiently. We understand that things of this nature need to be taken care of right away, which is why we offer emergency dental and orthodontic services.
What Counts as an Orthodontic Emergency?
Orthodontic emergencies can vary in severity and priority. One of the most important ways to know whether you’re experiencing an orthodontic emergency or not is to understand what your orthodontic devices do. Orthodontics should never be outright painful, but there may be times in your treatment when your teeth feel sensitive or tender.
If your orthodontics are causing discomfort, ask yourself the following questions:
- Did you recently get your braces tightened?
- Did you recently start using a new Invisalign aligner?
- Did you recently receive an adjustment on your braces or other orthodontia?
If the answer to any of these questions is yes, your discomfort is most likely due to the recent changes to your orthodontia. But remember, these adjustments should only cause tenderness or a slight ache—if you feel sharp or severe pain, contact us regardless of what treatment you just received!
If your pain is completely disconnected from any recent treatment, you might be experiencing a different orthodontic emergency. Always contact us immediately if you’re in severe pain.
We also recommend that all our patients have a good understanding of other situations that can qualify as an orthodontic emergency. We’ve listed a few key examples below:
When your braces are working properly, the wires will be tight and securely held in place. If one or more wires in your braces feel loose, contact us as soon as possible. If these loose wires are poking the insides of your cheeks or your tongue, it’s one extra reason to act quickly.
Even if these loose wires aren’t bothering you, it’s important to schedule an appointment with us. If you’ve got a loose wire, it means your braces aren’t working properly. We need to make repairs as quickly as possible so we can be sure your treatment is still on track!
Just like loose wires, broken brackets on your braces are a sign that something isn’t working properly. Whether a bracket has broken or come loose entirely, it’s time to call our office.The faster you contact us, the faster we’ll be able to repair your braces and get your teeth-straightening treatment back on schedule.
If any part of your damaged orthodontia—including loose wires and broken brackets—is poking your mouth or causing pain, you can protect your mouth with dental wax, gauze, or another clean substance while you wait to see your orthodontist.
Unfortunately, loose wires and broken brackets aren’t the only problem that can affect your orthodontia. If you have severely damaged your braces or other dental gear in some sort of trauma, that qualifies as an emergency that needs to be taken care of as quickly as possible.
If you sustained any kind of significant injury to your mouth, it’s a good idea to contact us even if there’s no obvious damage to your orthodontia. We’ll meet with you as soon as possible to make sure your braces or aligners are still in good condition and doing their jobs properly.
If You’re Experiencing an Orthodontic Emergency, Call Quickly!
Contact us at DiMarzio Orthodontics today to learn more about orthodontic emergencies, and get in touch with us right away in the event of an orthodontic emergency. We’re here to help solve problems and rectify serious injuries or issues quickly and skillfully!