Here at Dr. Cynthia Wong Orthodontics, we understand that accidents happen. If you experience an orthodontic emergency, as a general rule, you should always call our office as soon as the accident occurs. However, it’s also critical to remember that not all orthodontic emergencies include loose brackets, wires, or bands. The following orthodontic emergencies and their treatments are listed below and the majority of these are easily treated with a follow-up by Dr. Cynthia Wong.
- Loose Brackets, Wires or Bands - If the braces have come loose in any way, the parent/guardian needs to be notified and they should call the orthodontist to determine appropriate next steps.
· Ligatures come off - If a rubber ligature should come off, you may be able to put it back in place using sterile tweezers. If a wire ligature comes loose, simply remove it with sterile tweezers. If the wire ligature is sticking out into the lip but is not loose, it may be bent back down with a Q-tip or pencil eraser to eliminate irritation.
- Protruding Wire - Occasionally, the end of a wire will work itself out of place and irritate the patient’s mouth. Use a Q-tip or pencil eraser to push the wire so that it is flat against the tooth. If the wire cannot be moved into a comfortable position, cover it with relief wax.
If you have an orthodontic emergency, give us a call immediately. To learn more about the services we provide, visit www.drcynthiawong.com for more information. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Cynthia Wong in Orland Park, IL, call 708-444-8341.