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2Q5. How do I manage orthodontic emergencies?

How do I manage orthodontic emergencies?

 

Many orthodontic emergencies can be managed at home, often saving patient an extra trip to the orthodontist office during inconvenient hours.

 

Wire poking at cheek.

            Use standard finger nail clipper to cut off the extra length of wire flush to the last bracket.  If the wire becomes progressively longer on one side, the wire may be traveling and need to be replaced.  If patient’s appointment is more than 2 week later, patient should call the orthodontist office to reschedule for earlier appointment.

 

Ligature wire (wire used to tie main archwire in place) poking at cheek or lip

            Use erasure on back of pencil to push and bend the sharp end away from the cheek or lip.  If the sharp area cannot be removed, place a piece of wax over the sharp area and visit the orthodontist next morning for emergency appointment.

 

Bracket or band loose

            If the patient’s next appointment is within 1 or 2 weeks, nothing need to be done.  Just let the office staff know you have a loose bracket at the beginning of the next appointment.  If patient’s next appointment is more than 2 weeks away, patient should call the office to reschedule for earlier appointment.

 

Loose palatal appliance

            If one side is loose and other side is intact, the loose side can be stabilized on to the tooth with temporary crown cement purchased from local drug store.   Visit the orthodontist next morning for emergency visit  for recementation of the appliance.

 

For video on orthodontic emergencies and prblems, please watch the following video provided by BracesQuestions.com

 

Orthodontic Emergencies and Problems

 

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