Your Frisco, TX Orthodontic Specialists
At Corbridge Orthodontics, we strive to provide the highest quality care orthodontic care to our patients when they need it most. Dr. Jared Corbridge, Dr. Kim Rogers-Raftery and our dedicated team of highly trained orthodontic specialists work hard to craft comprehensive treatment plans that perfectly suit our patients' orthodontic needs, and we do all we can to make every visit to our office a pleasant one. Sometimes, though, not everything goes according to plan — and if the issue is severe enough, you may need an emergency appointment.
Thankfully, genuine orthodontic emergencies are rare. You may experience soreness or discomfort when you first get your braces or appliances, but this is actually a good sign: it means your braces are working and your teeth are moving to their new positions. If you do experience discomfort, you can use a warm washcloth or over the counter pain medications like Advil or Tylenol to counteract it, and soreness will usually fade within a few days.
Occasionally, though, your situation may be more serious. The first step is to determine how serious it is: do you have an urgent issue that needs immediate resolution, or is it a minor problem that can wait until your next appointment?
While rare, there are a few true orthodontic emergencies. Please call our office immediately if you experience any of the following:
- Trauma or injury of the face, mouth, or teeth
- Infected or swollen gums, mouth, or face
- Serious pain in these areas that persists and is too severe for over-the-counter medication
Any of the above issues are serious, and we encourage you to seek help immediately. If it's after hours, you may need to go to an emergency room. If it's during the normal week, however, your regular dentist may actually be your best resource — they can treat most dental and oral problems and have access to a wide range of anesthetics and treatment methods.
Thankfully, most orthodontic problems are very minor compared to the serious dental problems described above. That said, though, they can still be very uncomfortable. If you have an orthodontic issue, try to soothe the source of discomfort and call our office to schedule an appointment. When you call, please give us as much information as possible so we can best prepare to solve the problem. Here are some of the most common orthodontic problems along with ways to help treat them at home:
Loose or broken appliances or braces
The most common cause of broken braces is eating hard or sticky food. If the bracket is still on the wire, please leave it in place — you can cover it with a piece of dental wax if it's causing you pain. If the bracket comes off, please save it, and in any case, call us to let us know what happened and we'll schedule an appointment — but be sure to bring any loose parts with you!
Misplaced archwire, braces bracket, or tie
Sometimes the archwire can move out of place and may poke the back of your mouth, irritating your cheeks. You can try moving it with a pencil eraser or Q-tip, or if necessary, cut the end off with a sterilized nail clipper. If you need to cut the wire, please call our office for instructions. You can always cover the irritating part with a piece of dental wax to help ease discomfort.
Painful or loose teeth
You may feel that your teeth a little looser than normal during your treatment. This is completely normal, and shows that your braces are working! You may also feel soreness or tenderness, which you can treat with a warm salt-water rinse or an over the counter pain reliever.
Contact Your Frisco, TX Orthodontist
As always, if you have any questions about issues you're experiencing with your appliances or your orthodontic health in general, we're here to help. Feel free to reach out to us at our contact page with any questions, or use our easy online form to schedule an appointment at our Frisco, TX office. We look forward to hearing from you, and we're excited to help you achieve a healthy, beautiful, long-lasting smile.