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Orthodontic Emergencies

Get the Relief You Need Quickly

When you have your braces put on, an orthodontic emergency is the last thing that comes to mind; however, they can happen to you. If you find yourself in this situation, you may not know what to do or where to turn. You need an orthodontist who treats orthodontic emergencies in Marquette to provide you with the quick care you need. Dr. Fulks is here for you with same-day appointments. There are several things you can do at home to manage the problem while you wait.

Loose or Broken Bracket

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Loose brackets in Marquette are among the leading orthodontic emergencies. A bracket can come loose from trauma to the mouth, eating hard or chewing foods, or it can just lose its bond with your tooth. No matter the cause, it can cause pain and discomfort. It is best to leave the bracket alone until your appointment. You can cover it with wax while you wait to ease any irritation to the inside of your lips or cheeks.

Loose Band

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Bands can come loose from daily wear and tear from chewing or eating sticky foods. Although your orthodontist in Marquette only uses them for certain situations, such as when using expanders, they are necessary during your treatment. If a band comes loose, it often does not require immediate care, but it is best to contact your orthodontist to see if they want you to come in sooner than your regular appointment.

Broken Wire

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If a wire breaks or an end pokes out, it can cause irritation or injury to your soft tissues. You can try to push the wire into place using a cotton swab or a pencil eraser. You can use a ball of wax at the end of the wire to provide temporary relief until you can see your orthodontist. If you cannot get an appointment right away, Dr. Fulks may advise you to cut the end of the wire using clean nail clippers.

Pain and Soreness

Unfortunately, there are no pain-free braces in Marquette. It is normal to experience some discomfort when your braces are first put on or when an adjustment is made, but the pain is minimal and subsides quickly. You can use an over-the-counter pain reliever and eat softer foods until it stops. If the pain is severe or lingers, contact our office right away.

Call Our Office Immediately

If you have an orthodontic emergency or have a situation you are not sure if it needs immediate care, do not hesitate to contact our office. Dr. Fulks offers the prompt treatment you need, even if you are not one of his regular patients. Contact our office today for an appointment.