Orthodontic emergencies, which may include lost or broken wires or ligatures, protruding wires, mouth irritations, or a knocked off bracket should be addressed in a timely manner. Fortunately, you can take action at home that will limit the negative effects of the problem, but you should still come in at your earliest convenience. At the office of Richard C. Kardovich DDS, PC, our priority is your orthodontic care, which also means maintenance.
Wires and ligatures that are lost, broken, or protrude pose a threat to your safety. These are common problems, and if you just follow a few easy guidelines from our orthodontist in Brookhaven, you can remedy the situation, at least temporarily, so as to avoid causing an injury to your tongue, cheek, or gums. At the top of the list of don’ts is to not cut the wire. Accidental swallowing of the cut piece is a very real risk. Instead, use the eraser end of a pencil to push the wire back into position. Alternatively, you could use a small piece of orthodontic wax over the edge of the wire. This will neutralize the sharp wire so that you will not be harmed by it until you can get in to see our orthodontist in Brookhaven. If you do suffer a scratch or a cut, rinse with warm salt water or use an antiseptic rinse to clean the area. For discomfort, take over-the-counter pain relief medication, which is also useful if you experience mouth irritation. A bracket that gets knocked off is also dangerous. Orthodontic wax comes to the rescue again. Put it on the part of the bracket that may rub or hit your gums, cheek, or tongue. You can also use orthodontic wax as a buffer against mouth irritation. And then see our orthodontist in Brookhaven so that you can get a more permanent repair or solution.
Whether to schedule a visit or for guidance and tips to help you through a problem on your own, call the office of our orthodontist in Brookhaven.