If you have an orthodontic emergency, our Sugar Land dental office is ready to assist. Dr. Dr. Wael Kanaan understands that problems that are related to braces are ones that cannot simply just be put off. You need a resolution and you need it quickly. Some minor difficulties can be taken care of by just calling us for the needed advice and guidance that we can provide. In other situations, you will need to make a trip here to see us. The good news is that in most cases, an orthodontic emergency will not put you in any danger or cause you serious problems, but that doesn’t mean they are not important. So always keep our phone number handy.
A fairly common issue is a lost, broken, or protruding wire or ligature. it is essential to have it addressed in a timely manner so that it does not have the chance to cause an injury to your tongue, cheek, or gums. Please take care not to cut the wire yourself. You could accidentally end up swallowing it, creating a much bigger problem. Instead, try using a the eraser from a pencil to push the wire back into its proper position. Or you could use a small piece of orthodontic wax and place it over the edge of the wire. This will keep the sharp edge from hurting you. If, by some chance, you do suffer from a cut or scratch, rinse it with warm salt water and then use an antiseptic rinse to clean the effected area. Use over-the-counter pain medication if needed to address any discomfort. You should then call our Sugar Land dental office to make an appointment as soon as possible. The wire will still need to be repaired so that your braces will be fully functioning again.
If a bracket gets knocked off, it can stick into your gums, cheek, or tongue. Once again, use orthodontic wax over that part of the brackets to prevent injury until you can get to our Sugar Land dental office. Braces can also cause mouth irritation. This is typically from friction, which can be relieved with the now familiar orthodontic wax. Warm salt water rinses can also help as can over-the-counter pain relievers. If the problem persists, though, you should call us to book an appointment.