Our emergency info gives you some guidance on what to do when the unexpected happens. At Lineberger Orthodontics, Dr. Matt Lineberger, Dr. Megan Lineberger, Dr. Claire Fedore and Dr. Bhaven Sayania, offer orthodontic treatments for the residents of Charlotte, Elizabeth, Huntersville and surrounding communities in North Carolina.
What Do I Do If I Have an Emergency During My Orthodontic Treatment?
The unexpected happens. It’s part of life. When you experience an emergency with your braces, Invisalign®, retainers and other orthodontic appliances, our first piece of advice is, “Don’t panic!” We’re here to help you every step of the way.
You can call our office after hours. The automated attendant will get you in touch with one of our orthodontists. If it’s a medical emergency, call 911.
What Can I Do About Discomfort Caused by Braces?
Discomfort is an unfortunate part of orthodontic work, and here’s why. The process of straightening your teeth requires shifting and moving the teeth through tension. Whether you have traditional braces or Invisalign® clear braces, you may notice some soreness, especially after your adjustment appointments or when you first put in a new aligner. The soreness should only last for a few days, and you can take over-the-counter pain medications. Warm salt water also helps. If the discomfort is localized, use non-prescription numbing products on the gums. If you have sharp pain or throbbing, schedule a follow-up appointment so we can check for problems.
What Can I Do for a Sore Tongue, Cheeks or Lips When Wearing Braces?
Even the streamlined design of Invisalign® can cause some soreness in your tongue, cheeks and lips, because you now have some extra bulk in your mouth. The muscles may need to adjust to a new position, and the materials can rub against these areas. The first one or two weeks are the hardest, so if you can get through that short period of time, you’re golden. We have some tricks to help with this problem. Just give us a call!
What Should I Do If I Break a Bracket on My Braces?
Brackets are the small squarish parts of your braces that adhere to your tooth and support the wires. The bonding agent we use may not work properly or you may somehow break the bond. No worries. Call us to schedule an appointment to have the bracket reattached to the tooth. In the meantime, the bracket and wire can irritate your lips or cheek, so place a small amount of dental wax over it until you can come in to have the bracket repaired.
What If the Band of My Braces is Loose?
Bands are the circular metal pieces of braces that go around the teeth. You may have bands on a few teeth or all of your teeth. If the bands come loose, food particles can get trapped, wires can break and all sorts of other inconvenient problems can occur. If the band comes off completely, save it! We can reattach it. If it is partially loose, try to avoid chewing in that area until you can come to our office for the repair.
How Can I Stop the Wires of My Braces from Poking My Cheeks?
Metal and the sensitive parts of your mouth can sometimes be an unhappy combination. When the wires of your braces break or come loose, they always seem to find a way to make life miserable. Dental wax is a great tool to keep handy for these types of situations. If the wire is sticking out pretty far, use a soft eraser to gently push it down towards your tooth. Be careful not to bend the wire too much or it may break off and cause more problems. Take a small amount of the wax, roll it into a ball and squish it over the end of the wire. Be careful not to push too hard or the end of the wire may stick out from the wax. You want to use just enough pressure to keep the wax in place. We will get you in for a repair appointment as quickly as possible.
If you need more guidance than what is provided in our emergency info, feel free to call us. Lineberger Orthodontics offers orthodontic treatments for the residents of Charlotte, Elizabeth, Huntersville and surrounding communities in North Carolina. Contact us today to schedule your appointment.