It is important to have a reliable emergency orthodontist on hand to prepare for stressful situations. Dr. Durrett provides emergency care for her patients at Durrett Orthodontics in Tampa, FL. What should you do if you or your child is experiencing an orthodontic emergency? Continue reading on to find out and be better prepared.
Our Durrett Orthodontics staff members always encourage immediately calling our office for better assistance in the case you need orthodontic emergency care in Tampa, FL. This involves when you are in severe pain, or your orthodontic appliance is causing you pain, and you are not able to fix it.
Oftentimes, however, dental emergencies can be safely and temporarily fixed in the comfort of your own surroundings.
Our orthodontist will provide you with wax for comfort if your wires are poking at you and causing you pain. Dental wax is a soft gum protector that can be used to cover brackets and protruding wires.
To apply dental wax, be sure to wash your hands first. Then, brush your teeth where you will be applying the wax. Pinch off a piece of the wax about the size of a pea and squeeze it to soften it. Roll it into a ball, flatten it slightly, and gently push it onto the problem area of the braces. To remove it, you can use an interdental stick or floss, being careful not to damage the braces or your gums.
Dental wax can be helpful for easing the discomfort of new braces that are scratchy and uncomfortable as well as covering broken wires or brackets to prevent wires from poking into your gums or cheeks while you wait for an appointment with your orthodontist.
If a piece of appliance falls out, carefully take it out and place it in a container until you can see your orthodontist. Needle nose pliers are useful for fixing sliding wires. If this seems too hard or is causing you further pain, please contact our clinic right away for experienced assistance and emergency care in Tampa, FL. Even if you manage to control the discomfort, we still encourage you to schedule an appointment at Durrett Orthodontics in order to get to the root of the problem. This will help to keep it from happening again.
Mouth sores can develop as the result of irritation from the wires or brackets. To treat them, it can be helpful to use a warm salt rinse. Mix about a pinch of salt into a cup of water and rinse several times. This can be repeated as needed until you have alleviated the discomfort.
Call our orthodontics office in Tampa, FL today to schedule your appointment with our staff members! We are prepared to help eliminate your stress.