If you have an emergency orthodontic problem, please contact us on our helpline: 073 6835 8296.
There are a number of orthodontic emergencies that can occur during our daily lives, such as losing or breaking your retainer or aligners. Some patients may have other issues occur relating to their teeth straightening treatment, which requires a specialist orthodontist to help resolve. If you do experience a problem with your teeth, it's important you contact an emergency dentist promptly.
By contacting our helpline, we can give advice on whether your problem requires an emergency appointment, and provide help with a short-term fix and how to manage any pain until your appointment.
Broken or Lost Retainers
Retainers are used to help your teeth retain their position following your orthodontic treatment. Without the retainers, your teeth are likely to revert to their initial position. If you've lost or broken your removable retainer, you'll need to have a new one made from either impressions or a scan of your teeth.
Some treatment plans include fixed retainers to help the teeth stay in their desired position. These retainers can sometimes break, normally due to eating sticky or hard foods. If your fixed retainer has broken, keep wearing your removable retainer until you're able to see your orthodontist.
Broken or Lost Aligners
During Invisalign treatment, you will be given a series of removable aligners which will straighten your teeth over time. If you've lost or broken one of your aligners, you have two options depending on your stage of treatment. Until your orthodontist can produce a replacement, you can either revert to the previous aligner in the series or move on to the next aligner and carry on treatment as intended. Your orthodontist can help you decide on the best course of action.
Until you speak to your orthodontist, it's best to wear your previous aligners so that the position of your teeth don't revert. If you find that neither your previous or next aligners in the series fit your teeth properly, it's important to contact your orthodontist as soon as possible to minimise the amount your teeth revert.
Fixed braces are made up of several parts, each of which can sometimes break. The brackets, band, spacers and wire are all susceptible to damage. An emergency dental appointment will be required to fix the problem, but in the meantime, you may need to do something to reduce any discomfort or to avoid further damage. If you do experience discomfort, you can use the orthodontic wax provided by your orthodontist to reduce irritation or use over the counter pain relief to help manage any pain.
If you're experiencing another issue with your treatment such as a large amount of pain or significant trouble speaking or eating, an emergency appointment can provide additional support. Sometimes a breakage can be caused by a greater problem, such as an accident. This could mean that there is damage to the teeth or jaw as well, which would require a hospital appointment.
The cost of an emergency appointment will vary depending on the amount of dental care you require and whether any replacements will be required. Dental treatment can be stressful enough without any problems, which is why we'll do our utmost to help your get back on track towards your new smile.
Our specialist orthodontists have over 30 years of experience in dentistry, which means we've helped patients with all sorts of problems with their oral health. This combined with our passion for providing the highest quality of care means that you'll struggle to find another orthodontist who is as qualified to help you and your smile.
If you have an orthodontic problem or emergency, contact us today on our helpline: 073 6835 8296.
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