Warning! All parents, you are now officially entering the “School Break Zone.” This time of year brings family gatherings, parties, and ooey-gooey treats that are almost impossible to turn away from. This means that the braces-wearing children in your home may end up with more broken brackets than you should be prepared for.
O’Gara-Gilbert Orthodontics knows accidents can happen during orthodontic treatment and they can result in a call or unplanned visit to Dr. O’Gara and Dr. Gilbert – this is what you would consider an “emergency visit.”
Many times, your first reaction may be, “it’s not a big deal,” or “I’ll just wait until after the holidays to call.” But don’t wait! We are your partners in creating a HEALTHY smile and if there is an urgent need during this time–for example, if you are in pain, or an injury has occurred–we should be notified and you should call for an emergency appointment.
In the meantime, stock up with 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. Given the situation, we will work hard to get you back on your treatment plan. Don’t forget, you play an essential role in your treatment. With holiday fun on the horizon, now is the time to have a plan in place so your holiday fun isn’t interrupted by discomfort.
Use Braces to Perfect Your Smile With O’Gara-Gilbert Orthodontics
It’s important to partner with an experienced orthodontist to place and care for your braces. Our experienced team works hard to ensure the best results with state-of-the-art technology. Dr. O’Gara and Dr. Gilbert’s commitment to excellent results and passion for creating healthy and beautiful smiles means that you will leave our office having received the best possible care and the smile of your dreams. Schedule your appointment today!