SBK Orthodontics stands for high-quality care and a commitment to personalized care. If you undergo an orthodontic emergency, you can trust that our team and trio of board-certified specialists can help you solve it. Dr. Stieper, Dr. Brust, and Dr. Khatib will gladly coordinate with you to address your concerns and fix any problems.
SOME OF THE MOST COMMON ORTHODONTIC EMERGENCIES
Many patients undergo similar problems because they share the same concerns. From our experience, patients wearing traditional metal braces and Invisalign® clear aligner trays may need help with some recurring situations. What’s even more important: many patients don’t know how to identify a true orthodontic emergency or know how to remedy the situation. Check out below a couple of the most common orthodontic emergencies.
Loose brackets are usually the result of wanting to eat something your orthodontist said you shouldn’t. Wearing conventional metal braces means putting some of your favorite foods on hold until you finish treatment. We’re very emphatic about this because, even though the bonding agents we use for your brackets are really strong, physics favors those little pieces of hard foods to easily peel away the brackets and, inevitably, delay your treatment. Get in touch with our team to fix this situation.
Another common cause for concern is having a loose wire. Archwires that slip out of their position end up poking the inside of a patient’s mouth, resulting in discomfort, sores, and pain. Fortunately, just as with most cases of an orthodontic emergency, you can easily solve the situation at home, but you should still get in touch with an orthodontist to get a permanent solution.
Lost Clear Aligner Trays
Moving away from situations limited to those who wear traditional metal braces, you should also know that people with Invisalign can suffer from emergencies. In their case, the most common one is when a patient goes for a meal or drink and misplaces or loses their aligner trays. Please remember to carry your aligners’ case. Also, because it’s critical to wear your aligners frequently and throughout most of your day, you’ll need help to get your trays replaced and avoid any problems or treatment delays.
Pain and Discomfort
This is a tough one because every patient can expect a bit of pain as their teeth move around. Any patient should expect a minor level of pain when they get their braces installed for the first time. Likewise, patients who come to our office for an adjustment, or those who switch to a new set of clear aligners, should all expect some level of discomfort. You can easily solve that discomfort, but you’ll want to get in touch with qualified emergency services if you notice your pain increases or holds after the third day. Pain is usually a warning for a more severe problem that could require emergency help to avoid potentially life-threatening problems.
SOLVING YOUR ORTHODONTIC EMERGENCIES
You’ll definitely want to get in touch with our office to get the professional help you require. However, you might also want to sit back and read more about the many DIY and temporary solutions available to all patients who face orthodontic emergencies. Check out the link below to learn more about other orthodontic emergencies and how to fix them at home.
GET HELP FROM YOUR DEXTER ORTHODONTIST
Go ahead and set up an appointment. You can give us a call at (734) 441-9257 to set up an appointment at our Dexter orthodontic office. Please feel free to call whenever you need to, as it is preferable for us to help you with minor problems than never hearing from you until you face a life-threatening problem.