Although orthodontic emergencies don’t occur every day, they do sometimes happen. Some potential situations that could occur are: protruding wires, mouth irritation, a broken, lose or knocked off bracket and a lost wire. If any of these occur, you should call your Elmhurst orthodontic office, so they can guide you on what to do.
Braces are a great orthodontic tool; however, problems can arise from something as simple as chewing hard or sticky food. Braces, wires & brackets could loosen, fall off or protrude and cause injuries to the mouth area. This can result in pain, discomfort and mouth irritation. A protruding or broken wire is a very common problem but is also a painful one. If the wire breaks or gets loose and sticks out it, it can injure your tongue, cheek and/or your gums. If your bracket gets knocked off or becomes loose, it can be painful because it can poke your gums, tongue or cheek. You may be able to deal with some of these issues by taking the special orthodontic wax you received at your first visit to provide temporary relief until you can see your orthodontist at Sheldon Jay Rintel, DDS, PC. For example, you could place the wax over the loose bracket or the end of the broken, protruding wires to stop them from poking you. These are only temporary solutions to provide you with some comfort until you can get in to the Elmhurst orthodontic office to see your orthodontist. Even if the problem seems minor or you feel that you may be able to handle some orthodontic problems on your own, you should call the office right away, anyway. When you call, our knowledgeable staff members will instruct you on how to handle the situation. They’ll let you know if you need to see the orthodontist immediately or if it can wait until your next regularly scheduled appointment. In the meantime, they’ll tell you what you could do on your own to temporarily resolve the issue.
If you have an orthodontic problem, don’t hesitate. Contact our Elmhurst orthodontic office right away.