How Do I Handle Orthodontic Emergencies?

How do you handle an orthodontic emergency? Like when your archwire goes haywire? Orthodontic appliances can work some serious wonders for your smile. Dr. Loew and Dr. Patel at Loew & Patel Orthodontics are your A1 team for these orthodontic surprises. With offices in Flemington, Annandale, and Bridgewater, they’re always ready to jump into action and get things back on track. So, if your braces throw you a curveball, here’s how to swing back with confidence.

Identifying an Orthodontic Emergency

Sometimes, your braces or aligners might cause you some trouble. How do you tell the difference between a real emergency and a minor problem you can handle at home? Dr. Loew and Dr. Patel have your answers. 

Severe Pain That Won’t Go Away

Sometimes, braces do cause discomfort. But they shouldn’t cause severe pain. Especially not pain that lasts for a long time. If the pain is too much and doesn’t get better with the usual tricks like rinsing with warm salt water or using an ice pack, it’s time to call us at Loew and Patel Orthodontics. We know what to expect from braces, and unending pain is a signal that something is wrong (i.e. an emergency).

A Broken Wire

A wire that’s broken free can be more than annoying. It can be a real pain, literally. If a wire breaks and starts poking you, try to gently push it back into a comfy spot with a pencil eraser. But if it’s still bothering you, we need to know. Our team has the right tools to fix it and make sure your mouth is a happy place again.

Loose Bracket

Brackets are the anchors of your braces. And when one gets loose, it can wreak some real havoc. If it’s moving around a lot or causing discomfort, it’s better to get in touch with Loew and Patel Orthodontics. We’ll make sure your braces are all set and secure so your smile journey stays on course.

How Do I Handle Orthodontic Emergencies?

Immediate Steps for Common Issues

When your braces decide to surprise you with a little emergency, here are some quick fixes you can try at home. Remember, these are just temporary solutions. They’ll keep things going until you see Dr. Loew or Dr. Patel.

Poking Wires

If a wire goes rogue and starts poking, grab some orthodontic wax. Dry the area with a tissue, and roll a small piece of wax into a ball. Then,  press it over the wire. It will give you a buffer that prevents the wire from poking you. 

Loose Brackets

A bracket that’s hanging loose? No need to panic. If it’s still attached to the wire, leave it where it is and cover it with wax. Keep it safe, and bring it to your next appointment if it comes off. 

Lost Aligners

Have you misplaced your aligner? First, look everywhere (yes, even there). If it’s still missing, wear your last set to keep your teeth where they’re supposed to be. Then, call our office to schedule an appointment. After hours? Leave a message.

Minor Discomfort

Feeling a bit of pressure or discomfort is normal. Use some warm water. Rinse with it. As an alternative, take an over-the-counter pain reliever. Chewing on orthodontic chewies can also help your mouth adjust.

Pain Management Strategies

Sometimes, there are growing pains associated with orthodontic treatment. After all, you’re moving teeth, muscles, and bones. But you’re not alone. Here are a few strategies to help you manage your pain at home. Growing pains like these need not be emergencies.

Cold Compress or Ice Pack

Apply a cold compress or an ice pack to the outside of your mouth, which can provide some relief. The cold can help to reduce swelling and soothe soreness.

Soft Foods

When your mouth is feeling tender, treat it to a menu of soft foods. Think of smoothies, soups, and mashed potatoes as comfort food for your teeth. They’re easy to eat and don’t ask much from your mouth.

Oral Anesthetics

Over-the-counter oral anesthetics can be a real lifesaver. Applying a small amount directly to the sore areas in your mouth can numb the pain, giving you a much-needed break.

Chewy Exercises

Oddly enough, chewing on soft, chewy items designed for orthodontic care (like OrthoChews) can help. They encourage blood flow to your teeth and gums, which helps reduce pain. It’s like a mini workout for your mouth that actually makes it feel better.

Remember, these strategies are here to help you manage until you can see Dr. Loew or Dr. Niyati Patel at Loew and Patel Orthodontics. If you’re ever in doubt or the pain feels more like a shout, it’s time to give us a call. We’re your partners in making sure your path to a beaming new smile is as comfortable as possible.

How Do I Handle Orthodontic Emergencies?

We’re Here For Your Orthodontic Emergencies

Understanding the world of orthodontic care with braces or aligners comes with its set of challenges. But you’re never alone. Dr. Loew, Dr. Patel, and our team at Loew & Patel Orthodontics are your allies. With offices in Flemington, Annandale, and Bridgewater, we’re just a call away whether you’re facing an emergency or need some advice. Remember, maintaining open communication with us can make an enormous difference in your treatment journey. Contact us if you’re experiencing any issues or have questions about orthodontic care. 

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