The following is intended to provide general information regarding some of the more common orthodontic problems. This information is designed to get you comfortable until you can contact us. If you are unable to get yourself comfortable, please seek follow-up care with Dr Semaan, your dentist, or physician for more specific instructions.
We call them emergencies, but in reality they are usually just uncomfortable situations and can wait a few days or even weeks to be resolved. Emergencies for patients wearing braces or Invisalign tend to be relatively infrequent and usually pretty mild. Nevertheless, they can be uncomfortable but can usually be fixed quite easily.
Listed below are some of the more common problems and some possible solutions to deal with the situation on a temporary basis until you can get in touch with us for an appointment.
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Broken or loose braces are generally not considered an urgent problem in most cases. There are times when a loose brace may cause some problems, however, so it is best to call the orthodontic office when the problem occurs and ask for their recommendation. When a bracket comes off of a tooth, it is still normally attached to the wire. This will prevent the bracket from being swallowed, but it may move or spin around on the wire. If this is a problem for the patient, a little wax pressed against the bracket will keep it from moving around.If the bracket comes off, keep it in a zip lock bag ready for your next appointment.
Contact the office and let them know as they may need to have you come in sooner or allow more time to fix the bracket at your next appointment. In some cases, broken brackets can delay treatment so it is important to let the office know as soon as you can.
While it is rare, you may lose a set of aligners. Please call us immediately so we can give you instructions. This is urgent as your teeth are moving and we don’t want them going off track. Getting things back on track takes work and will usually mean your estimated finish date will be delayed and further charges may apply (From $595).
After Hours, please move back to your previous aligner. If for some reason you do not have your previous aligner, go to your next aligner and email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know the following information:
- What aligner you lost. (upper 13)
- How long you wore the aligner before losing it. (3 days full-time)
- What aligner you moved onto (previous/next)
Next, use your chewies more often. Each spot for 2 minutes, 3 times per day.
Taking your own photos can be tricky. Get someone to help so we can see as many teeth as possible and also check the bite. Make sure you are biting on your back teeth in your normal bite and not pushing jaws forward, back or sideways. Please make sure the photos are clear and use the flash. Try and get them to look like the examples on the right.
- Left side: with two fingers pulling your lips to the side, bite down on your back teeth.
- Right side: with two fingers pulling your lips to the side, bite down on your back
- Centre: with two fingers pulling your lips away from your teeth, open your mouth just slightly showing the edges of your teeth.
- Lower: using both index fingers, pull your lower lip away to show all the lower teeth.
- Upper: using both index fingers, pull your upper lip away to show all the upper teeth.
- Centre Bite: Bite down on your back teeth first, then with two fingers pull your lips away from your teeth.
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