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Emergency Orthodontist

What to Do When Pain Strikes

Girl examining her braces in the mirror Orthodontic emergencies can strike in the space between one moment and the next, leaving the whole family panicked. Maybe a piece of food has become stuck between the brackets and is causing a significant amount of oral pain, or maybe one or more of your child’s orthodontic brackets have become dangerously loose. Whatever the situation is, don’t hesitate to contact Dr. Anas Athar for fast, effective support. He will make time to see you at any of his seven DFW area practice locations as soon as possible, and your or your loved one’s smile will be back on track in record time. Contact us today!

Of course, maybe you’re unable to reach help right away after experiencing an orthodontic emergency. Here are some tips for how to safely manage your condition in the interim:

My Braces Really Hurt

Following the placement or adjustment of braces, it is likely that patients will experience some general soreness for the first few days. However, if this pain is extremely intense or if it lasts longer than a week, contact Dr. Athar so that he can provide advice and perform an evaluation if needed.

I Have Food Trapped Between My Braces

In most cases, this won’t be an issue that requires emergency attention. Use a proxy brush or a piece of dental floss to gently eliminate the debris. If you have tried these techniques with no success, you can contact Dr. Athar for further help.

I Have a Loose Orthodontic Wire

Is the wire poking your gum tissue and causing a lot of irritation? Use a Q-tip or the eraser on a pencil to press it back into place. If you have a piece of a wax, that can also be used as a buffer to prevent serious irritation. Contact Dr. Athar right away so that he can make adjustments!

I Have a Loose Bracket

Dr. Athar will need to assist you as soon as possible. In the meantime, patients can use a pair of tweezers to carefully slide the bracket along the orthodontic wire until it’s safely situated between two teeth. Next, rotate it so that it reaches its original position and then push it back to the center of the tooth.

I Have a Facial Injury and May Have Damaged My Braces

Dr. Athar will want to assess your condition and restore the components of your braces if they have suffered damage. If you have broken a bone or are experiencing heavy bleeding, proceed straight to the nearest emergency room first.