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What Is Considered an Orthodontic Emergency?

December 31, 2021 1:42 am
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If you have braces, or are getting braces soon, it’s important to know what constitutes an orthodontic emergency and what to do should you ever have one. In this blog post, we’ll outline what an orthodontic emergency looks like and how you can find relief.

What to Expect During Orthodontic Treatment

Pain is uncomfortable, and when it comes to orthodontic treatment, you can expect some pain during your routine treatments. For example, whenever you get your brackets tightened or adjusted, you might feel sore for a few days afterwards. This is perfectly normal; it means your teeth are shifting into new positions!

Moreover, you might experience your wires occasionally poking into your cheeks or gums. You can use dental wax to curb irritation and protect your cheeks and lips.

If you experience the above types of pain, don’t panic. There are a few ways you can deal with it. First, you can take an over-the-counter painkiller to help dull the pain. You can also ice your cheeks with an ice pack in 10 minute increments. Rinsing your mouth with salt water may also help ease any swelling and pain.

Orthodontic Emergencies

But how can you tell if you’re going through an orthodontic emergency?

It is an emergency if you are experiencing an unbearable amount of pain that can’t be alleviated easily at home. You should also contact your orthodontist if your orthodontic appliance breaks or is otherwise damaged, or if a wire is continually jabbing into your cheek, gums, and lips causing intense discomfort or bleeding.

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If you have any questions about your orthodontic treatment, our team at OrthodonTEX would be happy to help no matter when you need us. Or if you are interested in starting you orthodontic journey, please contact us today to schedule a consultation! Check out our financial page to learn about how we make our orthodontic treatments affordable.

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