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Orthodontic Emergencies – Allen, TX

When Emergency Strikes, Call Allen Orthodontics!

At Allen Orthodontics, we’ve seen our fair share of orthodontic emergencies. Problems can occur at any moment, whether it’s loose braces or a bracket, a severe soft tissue irritation, or something else. Dr. Jones and Dr. Hanson will work quickly to resolve your problem and get your daily routine back on track. The moment you notice something wrong, you’ll want to seek emergency care as soon as possible to prevent your condition from worsening or any additional damage to your braces, teeth, or gums. When you call our orthodontic office to report your problem, we’ll work as quickly as possible to schedule your appointment at the earliest convenience. Learn more about what you can do to both avoid these emergencies and treat them at home by spending some time reviewing the below information about options to treat orthodontic emergencies in Allen, TX. Please call us if you have any other questions.


Why Choose Allen Orthodontics for Orthodontic Emergencies?

  • Open Five Days a Week
  • Works Hard to See You ASAP
  • Dedicated Team That Cares About Your Comfort

How Can I Avoid Orthodontic Emergencies?

Closeup of patient with braces brushing teeth to avoid orthodontic emergencies

When you know you have a professional who can help when you’re dealing with an ortho emergency, it’s always better to try and take precautions to avoid the most common orthodontic injuries when possible. A few ways to do this include:

  • Start by maintaining positive oral hygiene and brushing your teeth and flossing every day. That way you can prevent cavities from forming and gum disease from developing.
  • Do not eat or chew on hard, crunchy, or sticky foods. These can cause decay and damage your brackets and wires.
  • Wear a protective mouthguard whenever engaging in sports or outdoor physical activities.
  • Ensure your braces are in good shape and no problems or issues are present by keeping up with regularly scheduled dental appointments.

What Are the Best Ways to Care for Braces/Retainers at Home?

Person with braces flossing

Depending on the scenarios you face, there are ways you can take care of your braces at home when a problem arises. Not all situations require an immediate visit to the emergency orthodontist, but it’s always a good idea to call and inform our team of a problem you’re unable to fix or are too concerned to handle at home.

Keep these tips in mind:

  • Be sure to floss between the wire and tooth to loosen any food that becomes stuck. This can lead to possible cavities and tooth decay.
  • When a regular toothbrush isn’t up to the task of cleaning your teeth and braces, feel free to ask us about other helpful products that do work. There are specialized toothbrushes you can buy that can benefit your smile as you wear your brackets and wires.
  • After you received your retainer, clean it using toothbrush and water. This will loosen it of any food debris. Soak it in a denture cleanser and be sure to rinse it well before placing it back into your mouth.

Stuck Food or Debris

Person in pain with food stuck in braces

Using dental floss or a proxy brush are both great ways to dislodge food debris stuck in between teeth. It’s not uncommon for this issue to occur when wearing braces. You do not need to see your orthodontist every time this happens, but you should have the proper instruments on hand to clean your braces carefully and effectively.

Ligature Damaged or Fallen Off

Woman holding cheek with damaged ligature

When wearing ligatures (or rubber bands) it’s easy to put them back in if they fall off. The elastics play a major role in keeping the wire attached to your braces. You can use a pair of tweezers to quickly reattach it. However, elastics that keep falling off are a sign we need to look at the problem more closely so it does not happen again.

Dental Pain or Discomfort

Man in pain due to orthodontic emergency

Patients can experience pain or discomfort from time to time during their treatment. However, this mild symptom should go away after a few days. Over-the-counter pain relivers, dental wax, and warm washcloths can help minimize soreness and discomfort as well.

Oral Soft Tissue Sores, Irritation, or Inflammation

Closeup of smile with soft tissue sores

You may notice that as you begin wearing your braces, the brackets can rub against your lips, tongue or cheeks. As a result, your soft tissue can experience irritation, develops sores, and become inflamed. While this is a normal side effect, it helps to rinse your mouth out with warm saltwater and use dental wax to cover your brackets, create a barrier between your braces and soft tissues, and prevent future irritation.

Loose/Poking Wires

Closeup of smile loose and poking wire

If a wire does become loose or pokes an area of your mouth after they are attached, you could use a toothbrush or pencil eraser to move it back into its correct position. If this does not effectively bend the wire or you’re struggling to move it back into place, please call us instead. In the meantime, use a small amount of dental wax to cover the problem area in order to reduce discomfort and serve as a temporary fix until you meet with Dr. Jones and Dr. Hanson.

Loose Bracket

Patient with loose bracket in pain

When a bracket becomes loose but is still attached to the wire, dental wax can cover the area and prevent possible irritation to your soft tissues. Should a bracket ever come off and is no longer attached to your wire, be sure to bring it with you to your next appointment. Any time when a piece of your oral appliance comes off, you’ll need to call us and get in as soon as possible so there are no delays in your treatment.

Swallowed Piece of Appliance

Person who swallowed a piece of an orthodontic appliance holding throat

It can be quite rare, but sometimes a piece of the appliance can come off and accidentally get swallowed. Try to remove it yourself, assuming you can see it. If you cannot and you start coughing, go to the emergency room as soon as you can to get it removed.

Facial Trauma

Person with facial trauma holding cheek in pain

Whether you’re playing sports or have simply experienced a bad fall that has left you with facial trauma, injuries like these can lead to major problems with your braces and mouth. For that reason, you should invest in a mouthguard (either for yourself or your child) so it can be worn while being active. The moment any kind of facial trauma happens, call our orthodontic office immediately. Dr. Jones and Dr. Hanson will take a look at the damage and confirm the best plan of action to repair your braces. If increased bleeding develops or you believe your jaw is broken or fractured, go to your local ER first for medical attention.