Posted on February 7, 2024
Orthodontic treatments like aligners and braces are designed to carefully put your teeth into alignment. However, things can always go wrong with adult and teen orthodontics. These are some of the most common orthodontic emergencies you may encounter.
Braces are a common choice for teen orthodontics, and they may take time to get used to. Clear alignment trays can also be slightly uncomfortable at first. However, contact your provider if you’ve already adjusted to your orthodontic treatment and they suddenly feel awkward. This may be because your alignment trays are warped, or your braces may have a problem.
You may experience a small amount of pain when you first start wearing your orthodontic treatment. However, it’s an orthodontic emergency if you experience a lot of pain. The pain may be due to a broken wire or bracket. If you have a broken wire, you may feel it digging into your cheek or gums.
Inflamed gums can signal several things. Invisalign patients who do not brush their teeth before putting their alignment trays back on trap bacteria under the tray. This bacteria can spread, leading to cavities and gum disease. According to the American Association of Orthodontists, 27% of North American orthodontic patients are adults, but even they may struggle with this. Sometimes, it’s easy to forget to brush, but practicing proper oral hygiene is essential.
Facial injuries or trauma can cause significant damage to orthodontic devices. For example, we see patients who enjoy playing football. However, tackles on the field can have an impact on teen orthodontics. The trauma or injuries can result in broken brackets, broken wires, or misshapen alignment trays. Ignoring this emergency can make your treatment ineffective. Instead, contact your orthodontist as soon as possible.
Several other problems constitute an emergency. If you notice missing spacers or loose brackets, it’s best to get the problem fixed as soon as possible. Sores inside your mouth indicate a problem with your braces or alignment trays. A problem speaking or chewing is also an emergency. Your orthodontic treatment must fit properly to ensure your treatment is effective.
We specialize in adult and teen orthodontics. If you’re unsure whether you have an emergency, it’s best to call and check. Contact us today to see if you need to schedule an appointment.