As much as you would want your orthodontic treatment to progress without hiccups, the unexpected can happen. Broken, loose, or damaged braces and Invisalign are common occurrences. These oral appliances can become dysfunctional as a result of injury to the face, bad use or incorrect habits, and normal tear and wear. To help prevent an impromptu visit to a dentist for an orthodontic emergency, you may want to do a few things so that you protect the mouth, teeth, face, as well as oral appliances.
Follow Care Instructions
Make sure you adhere to the recommendations an orthodontist gives you about proper wear as well as care of your braces, Invisalign aligners, and retainers. Avoid hard, sticky foods, and brush and floss properly.
If you are taking part in a sport, ensure you have a mouthguard. It is important to choose a custom-fit mouthguard fabricated in a dental office because it is meant to fit your mouth precisely and offer optimal protection.
Have an Orthodontic Kit
It is always paramount that you have a travel orthodontic kit to allow you to take care of emergencies whenever they arise. The kit may comprise dental wax, a mirror, extra bands and aligners, and a pencil with an eraser. These items can help you resolve a variety of orthodontic emergencies while traveling.
Visit a Dentist Regularly
During the time you are having orthodontic treatment, you will, time in time, visit a dentist. The dentist will see how the oral tools are functioning to align the teeth. Doing so ensures that if there are potential issues with the braces, Invisalign aligners, or retainers, they are corrected before the appliances get damaged or cause problems in the gums, teeth, and tongue. A dentist will inspect the appliances as well as your mouth and ensure things are OK.
Talk to us about orthodontic treatment and we will answer any questions and concerns you have.