Orthodontic Emergencies

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Comprehensive Orthodontic Treatment in Silver Spring, MD

At Scott Orthodontics, we pride ourselves on helping patients throughout the Silver Spring & Mitchellville, MD areas achieve beautiful, healthy smiles that last a lifetime. Dr. Scott and our highly trained team of orthodontic specialists work with our patients on an individualized level, designing personalized treatment plans that perfectly fit each patient’s unique needs and lifestyle. We strive to provide comprehensive support throughout the orthodontic treatment process – and while emergencies are rare, we’ll be here to help in the case that you experience one. 

True orthodontic emergencies are extremely rare, but sometimes, problems do come up during treatment. Many problems with your orthodontic treatment can be solved at home, so you can use this page as a guide for understanding what you can fix at home and what deserves immediate medical attention. In every case, we encourage you to call us if you experience a problem and have any questions on what to do. 

Lost Separator

Losing a separator during treatment is exceedingly common, and it’s usually nothing to worry about. Just give us a call to find out if you’ll need to have the separator replaced. 

Sore Teeth or Discomfort During Treatment

When you first get braces, have them adjusted, or start with a new set of Invisalign aligners, it’s common to go through an “adjustment period,” during which your teeth and gums may feel sore for a few days. This is normal and nothing to worry about, and if the pain is irritating, you can use over the counter pain relievers to quell it. You may also gargle lukewarm saltwater or use a warm washcloth or heating pad over the area to relieve soreness. If the pain doesn’t go away or gets worse, call us to discuss the matter.

Irritating Wires

If a wire is irritating you, you can move it away from the area with a cotton swab or the eraser of a pencil. You can also try covering it with a piece of dental wax. If it’s extremely painful, you can cut it with a pair of sterilized nail clippers – just be sure to call us immediately if you do. 

Loose Bracket

If a bracket comes loose, call us right away to see if we need to re-fit it. If you have to cut a wire and the bracket slides off, be sure to keep the bracket and call our office immediately to schedule a repair appointment. 

Headgear Problems

If headgear is causing pain, it’s probably because you’re not wearing it quite long enough. Be extra diligent about wearing the headgear for the amount of time instructed and the pain should subside. If your facebow is bent, call go ahead and call us to set up an adjustment appointment – never try to adjust it yourself.

Contact Your Mitchellville, MD Braces & Invisalign Specialist

Thankfully, orthodontic emergencies are very rare – but if you do experience a problem, we’re here to help. Feel free to call us at (301) 589-8191 for our Silver Spring office or (301) 390-1510 for our Mitchellville office, reach out to us at our contact page, or use our easy online form to schedule an appointment at either of our offices. We can’t wait to hear from you!