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Orthodontic Emergencies

What to do during emergencies while undergoing orthodontic treatment is a common concern among our patients in Atlanta, Marietta, and the surrounding areas of Georgia. Here are some general guidelines from our orthodontist, Dr. Marc S. Wright.

What Are Orthodontic Emergencies?

True orthodontic emergencies are rare, but should you experience one, know that Dr. Wright and his staff are here help. Even if you have only a minor concern about your orthodontic appliance or dental health, please give us a call.

What Do I Do if I Experience Pain?

Patients experience some degree of discomfort when the braces are first installed and with each subsequent tightening of the archwires. Patients who use Invisalign® may also notice some low-level discomfort. This type of pain is normal and indicates that pressure is being placed on your teeth. Over-the-counter pain medications can help.

If you are experiencing severe pain, contact our office right away to schedule an appointment. You should also check your braces for any broken components and food particles. We also recommend that you check your gums and cheeks for signs of redness and bleeding.

What Do I Do if I Break a Part of My Braces?

If you break a part of your braces, use the dental wax that we provided at your first appointment to cover any areas of metal that may rub against your cheeks, lips, tongue, or gums. Contact us to schedule an appointment so Dr. Wright can evaluate the damage and make any repairs. Please note that this type of emergency may not have been included in your original cost estimate for orthodontic treatment.

What Do I Do if I Develop a Sore or Tenderness in My Mouth?

The most common reason that people develop tender areas and sores while wearing braces is because the archwires and/or brackets are rubbing against the soft tissues. Try to determine what part of your braces is causing the discomfort and cover it with dental wax. You should call us to schedule an appointment so that Dr. Wright can make any necessary adjustments to your braces.

What Do I Do if I Damage My Teeth While Wearing Braces?

If you break, crack or chip a tooth while wearing braces, contact our office right away. Do not try to reposition the braces. If you lose a tooth while wearing braces, such as from contact during sports, go to the emergency room or urgent care for immediate medical attention. Contact us the next day to schedule an appointment.

Wright Orthodontics serves residents of Atlanta, Marietta, and the nearby communities in Georgia, and we are here to help in emergencies. Contact us today to learn more about our practice and schedule a free initial consultation.