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Occasionally, patients will experience an injury to the mouth during orthodontic treatment. If you experience an orthodontic emergency in Miami, North, or South Beach, FL, call our office right away, so we can see you as soon as possible. Dental emergencies while wearing braces or other orthodontic appliances generally fall into two categories.
Emergencies Related to Orthodontic Appliances
Sometimes, braces can become broken or bent during your orthodontic treatment. If there are any disturbances, such as loose bands, loose brackets, broken or poking wires, please call our orthodontic office for an appointment during patient hours. In the meantime, here are some helpful hints to remedy some of the problems you may encounter until we can see you.
- If a tie wire is irritating your mouth, cover it with beeswax or tuck it under the archwire with a blunt object like a pencil eraser or Q-tip.
- A loose band or bracket can generally be left in place until seen in our office. Call us during patient hours when you notice a loose band or bracket. We will schedule you to reattach the loose appliance if indicated.
- A broken or poking archwire can often be bent in with a pencil eraser or cut with nail clippers. Call us during patient hours if you do not feel the problem has been resolved properly.
Direct Injuries to the Mouth & Teeth
Following a direct injury to your mouth or teeth, whether undergoing orthodontic care or not, immediately ice the injured area and contact your regular dentist as soon as possible. Usually, an x-ray of the involved tooth or teeth is needed to determine the extent of the injury. If a tooth has been displaced, knocked out, or fractured, it is best to contact your family dentist first, since we may not have the necessary materials or anesthesia required to treat these injuries. If the appliances are dislodged or displaced, we will need to replace or adjust the appliances as soon as possible, after you have seen your general dentist, depending upon your comfort level.
Contact Us for Help With Your Orthodontic Emergency in Miami, North & South Beach, FL
To experience our 5-star-rated orthodontic care, schedule your Complimentary Dr. Rubensteen Smile Analysis today by calling (305) 672-2260 or clicking here for our convenient online form. Your appointment includes the following:
- Discuss Your Goals
- Digital Scans and Pictures as Needed
- Smile Analysis
- Custom Treatment Plan
During your appointment, we will take the time to answer all your questions about our advanced treatments and technology, our flexible payment options, and anything else you may want to know about us!