Improve Your Smile With Cosmetic Dentistry

Improve Your Smile With Cosmetic Dentistry

Tips On How To Deal With Orthodontic Emergencies

by Christy Long

When it comes to kids' orthodontic emergencies, they can generally be broken down into two categories; minor emergencies and major emergencies. The good news is that while major emergencies require kids' orthodontist services, in most situations, kids' orthodontist treatment for minor emergencies can usually be done at home with a few supplies. Fortunately, most kids with braces don't often have to deal with severe circumstances that require immediate care. General inconveniences and discomfort are a normal part of having orthodontic treatment. Here a few common problems and the potential solution for minor and major orthodontic emergencies.

Treatment for Minor Emergencies

Although the majority of minor emergencies can be safely dealt with at home, if your child is experiencing extreme discomfort, you should schedule an appointment with a kids' orthodontist for an examination. Some minor emergencies that can be treated at home include:

  • Discomfort-When braces are first placed on children, it is normal for them to experience discomfort for a few days. It's also normal to feel slight pressure after their monthly adjustment. Discomfort can generally be relieved with the use of an over-the-counter pain reliever and eating soft foods.
  • Loose ties-Ties are the colorful rubber bands that are changed monthly. It's common for these to come off, and if caught in time, they can be easily put back in their original position. Wire ligatures will need to be removed or bent back down in order to reduce irritation.
  • Cheek or lip irritation-One of the most common complaints that a kids' orthodontist hears is that the child's mouth is irritated from the hardware. Dental wax can be used between brackets and their cheeks or lips to reduce irritation.
  • Protruding wires-If a wire is protruding at the back of their mouth, a cotton swab can generally be used to push the wire until it lays flat.

Treatment for Major Emergencies

In most situations, you will need to schedule an appointment for kids' orthodontist services when faced with major emergencies. Contact your kid's orthodontist to determine if an emergency appointment is necessary. Some major emergencies may include:

  • Loose brackets-Most kids will experience a broken or loose bracket at some point during their treatment, but they usually aren't urgent. In some situations, they can be swallowed if the rubber band falls off or with frequent movement. If you aren't able to get kids orthodontic services for a while, the bracket can be removed at home, but be sure to take it with you to the next appointment.
  • Loose bands-A band is the metal ring that is located on their back molars. These can come loose, and although it doesn't cause immediate harm, if not addressed soon, plaque and saliva can build up, which allows bacteria to enter. If the band comes off completely, be sure to take it with you to the orthodontist appointment. If the band is loose or comes off, make sure the child chews on the opposite of their mouth to reduce the risk of further damage.
  • Swallowing an appliance-Swallowing a part of the appliance is rare, but it is dangerous. Be aware of signs, such as difficulty breathing, coughing, or the child complaining of feeling something in their throat. This is an immediate concern, so you should go to the emergency room and contact the orthodontist after treatment has been given.

The benefits of kids' orthodontic treatment far outweigh the potential emergencies. Keep in mind that minor discomforts are common, but if you have any concerns, be sure to contact the orthodontist to schedule an exam.


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Improve Your Smile With Cosmetic Dentistry

I was very unhappy with the way that my front teeth looked. They were crooked and stained with an ugly yellow tint. I asked my dentist if there was anything that could be done to improve them. After discussing the options with my dentist, I decided to have crowns put on my front teeth. The procedure was painless and I wish that I had done it sooner. My name is Constance Graham and I am writing this blog to inform others about cosmetic dentistry. If you don’t like the way your teeth look, speak to your dentist about improving your smile. There are various cosmetic procedures that you can have done such as veneers, crowns, teeth whitening, and dental implants. I hope you use the information in this blog to learn more about cosmetic dentistry and how it can help you.