Generally speaking, orthodontic emergencies tend to be very unusual. In fact, most of the patients who come to Bloom find that they experience very little discomfort during any phase of their treatment.
However, if you discover that you are feeling an unusual amount of pain or have a question about your orthodontic treatment, our team is always here and ready to help. Here are a few problems or symptoms to look out for:
Soreness. A small amount of soreness in the mouth or the teeth can be normal, especially during the first few weeks of orthodontic treatment or following a major adjustment. However, if small doses of over-the-counter pain relievers fail to bring you relief, your treatment may need to be fine-tuned by our team.
Irritation caused by wires. If you find a certain piece of metal wire is hurting your mouth, consider coating it with a tiny bit of wax to minimize any further abrasion. Then, treat cuts on the inside of your mouth with warm, salt water and place a call to Bloom Orthodontics right away.
Loose brackets or braces. Although it's unusual for brackets to come loose on their own, they can sometimes become dislodged following accidents, sports injuries, etc. Call our office right away and we'll ask a few questions to determine the best course of action.
Lost or broken dental appliances. Although the orthodontic tools and appliances we use are durable, it is possible for them to become broken or misplaced. Often, we can get a replica to you quickly or have you move ahead to the next stage of your treatment. Call our office and let us know what's happened; we'll find the answer that’s right for you.
Often, we can recommend steps you can take at home to minimize any pain or discomfort you might be feeling. However, your orthodontic treatments shouldn't be painful, so feel free to reach us if it seems like you are experiencing an unusual amount of distress or if the problem is getting worse.