Orthodontic Emergencies

During the holidays, there are plenty of parties and family gatherings with crunchy and sticky foods. Be prepared if an orthodontic emergency happens over the holidays.

Dr. Klein and Dr. Lim would like you to understand that accidents can happen during orthodontic treatment. When they do happen, it can result in a call or unplanned visit to our office for an emergency visit.

Initially, you may think it’s not a big deal, but Dr. Klein and Dr. Lim would like to remind you to make the call and don’t wait. The orthodontists of Affiliated Dental Specialists are your partners in creating your smile of a lifetime. If there is an urgent need, for example if you are in pain, or an injury has occurred, call the Vernon Hills office at 847-367-6055 or the Gurnee office at 847-263-1842 for an emergency appointment.

In the meantime, stock up on supplies to help discomfort. Essential items to keep in your medicine cabinet are:

  • Orthodontic wax
  • Dental floss
  • Interproximal brushes
  • Topical anesthetic (such as Orabase or Ora-Gel)
  • Over the counter pain relievers (such as one taken for a headache)

Plus, a warm salt water rinse can be soothing, as well. The recommended mixture is 1 tsp. salt to 8 oz. warm water.

Ultimately, an important part of successful orthodontic treatment is communicating with your orthodontist. If an emergency arises, it’s okay. Don’t panic. This hiccup shouldn’t have much of an impact on your overall treatment plan. Don’t forget, you play an essential role in your treatment. All you have to do is follow your orthodontist’s directions. Happy holidays and don’t eat hard or gooey treats.

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