The good news is that orthodontic emergencies are rare! However, if you are experiencing severe pain, swelling, or bleeding, please call your Trio office immediately, even if it’s outside of our regular business hours, and you will be directed to our after hours care. We are here to make sure your orthodontic experience is a positive one; day or night.
Often when you have an issue, we can find ways to address the problem even without a visit to our office. Below we have provided a guide of simple orthodontic solutions and recommendations. Even if you can alleviate your discomfort through use of this guide, it is important that you still call our office to schedule a time to complete the repair. Allowing your orthodontic appliances to remain damaged for an extended period of time may delay your results and require additional time in braces.
We highly recommend seeking immediate care should you endure a direct mouth injury. This will usually require an X-ray of the involved area to determine the extent of any injury. Typically, your family dentist would want to see you first. We will likely want to see you, as well, to evaluate any possible damage to your braces or aligners.
It’s not uncommon for wires or a bracket to come loose or an appliance to break. This is where Trio’s guide to Orthodontic Solutions will come in handy. If you notice that your braces or appliances are loose or something is broken, call our office as soon as possible so we can evaluate the urgency of the problem and schedule your appointment. Please make sure that you do not wait until your regularly scheduled appointment to notify us of any necessary repairs, as we may not be able to complete the additional work in the amount of time that we had previously scheduled. Allowing breakage to remain unaddressed for an extended period of time may cause teeth to shift and therefore could lengthen your time in braces.
When you get your braces on, have an adjustment, or begin a new appliance, you may feel general soreness in your mouth, and your teeth may be sensitive to pressure for up to five days. Applying an oral pain reliever such as Orabase to an affected area also may help relieve this tenderness; this can be found at your local pharmacy without a prescription. If the discomfort is severe, taking Tylenol, Advil, or whatever you normally take for headaches or similar pain may help.
We do allow for some repair time in our daily schedule so that we may see you as soon as possible during business hours. If you have an orthodontic concern, please call your Trio office before you come in. This will allow us to assess the problem and determine the urgency and appropriate amount of time needed for your appointment.