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What to Do For an Orthodontic Emergency

When you decide to get braces, you’ll likely consider what they will look and feel like in your mouth rather than what could go wrong during your treatment. Although it’s not common for patients to experience dental trauma with braces, accidents do happen, and it is an event that your orthodontist will try to prepare you for.

During the occasion when an accident does occur, many people are unprepared and unaware of the proper tactics to de-escalate an emergency situation. A lack of information and training often leads to consequences that could have been avoided if those involved knew exactly what to do.

The staff at Central Florida Smiles wants you to be prepared for any worst-case scenario that could appear while you wear braces. Of course, experiencing no emergencies is ideal, but it’s not a realistic viewpoint to have.

What Is an Orthodontic Emergency?

An orthodontic emergency is any scenario where your wire breaks or becomes loose, causing an irritation to your inner cheeks or gums. You will notice an orthodontic emergency when, all of a sudden, your braces start to feel out of place or uncomfortable in your mouth.

When Food Damages Your Braces

Your orthodontist will provide you with a comprehensive list of foods that could pose harm to your teeth and braces. They generally include hard, crunchy, chewy and sticky foods that risk getting stuck in the appliance and causing damage.

Even if you follow your orthodontist’s instructions, food can still pose harm to your braces and cause a bracket to come loose or wire to become misplaced. Sometimes, repositioning a loose wire is as simple as using tweezers to direct it back to its proper place. Other times, when a band loosens or a bracket breaks, you should schedule an appointment with your orthodontist to fix the issue.

If You’re Injured During Physical Activity

A common question for those wearing braces is whether they can still play sports during treatment. The answer is yes, but you should take precaution so that you don’t risk damaging the appliance.

Accidents tend to happen during sports, which can also cause your braces to break, bend or come loose. To prevent an injury, your orthodontist may recommend a specialized mouth guard to protect your teeth and braces.

If you do sustain an injury during physical activity, it’s important to schedule an emergency appointment with your orthodontist. Injuries to the teeth and mouth are serious and require immediate care. Your orthodontist will be able to provide the right treatment method to get your dental health back on track.

Caring For Your Teeth at Home

Your oral hygiene plays a significant role in the health of your teeth and braces, and doing it correctly will prevent any unnecessary harm from affecting your braces. Your orthodontist may recommend that you brush your teeth after every meal, but at a minimum, you should try to brush three times a day.

Flossing can pose a challenge for you at first, but it’s another critical factor that will benefit your oral health. Your orthodontist will provide instructions on how to properly floss in between your teeth and braces for the healthiest result.

You will also come in for regular examinations and cleanings while in braces. Your orthodontist will recommend three cleanings per year so that he or she can closely assess the progress your teeth are making.

If you have questions about how to properly care for your teeth at home, or if you are experiencing a dental emergency, contact Central Florida Smiles in our Longwood or Lake Mary offices and schedule an appointment.