Emergencies

Comprehensive Orthodontic Treatment in Knoxville, TN

At Myers Orthodontics, we believe everyone deserves to have a healthy, beautiful smile, and we're committed to helping our patients achieve one through quality orthodontic care. Dr. Myers and our expert team of highly trained orthodontic specialists work hard to craft personalized treatment plans for every patient, and we're committed to working with you to answer every question you have. Sometimes, though, accidents can happen during treatment – and when they do, we're here to help.


Dealing With Orthodontic Emergencies

Thankfully, orthodontic and dental emergencies are exceedingly rare – but they can happen. While it's normal to experience discomfort or mild pain when first getting orthodontics, a few kinds of events qualify as major orthodontic emergencies. These include:


  • Trauma and injuries to the face, mouth, or teeth

  • Swollen or infected face, mouth, or gums

  • Intense, unmanageable pain in the mouth or face


If you experience any of these problems, seek medical treatment immediately. An emergency room may be the best option, but if possible, start with your regular dentist. They have the tools, training, and knowledge to solve most dental and orthodontic emergencies, and they'll be equipped to treat you quickly and effectively.


Minor Problems

While the events above are major medical emergencies, most problems in orthodontic treatment are far milder. If you're experiencing pain or discomfort, take the steps to relieve the pain and soothe the immediate cause, then call us to schedule an emergency appointment. To give you a sense of what you might expect to encounter in an minor orthodontic emergency, here are a few of the most common orthodontic issues and what you can do about them:


Broken or Loose Braces

If your brackets, wires, or bands break or come loose, we'll need to see you as soon as possible to fix the damage. If a bracket has come off and is still attached to the wire, leave it where it is, but if it's fallen out, save it and bring it to your appointment. Either way, you can use dental wax to cover the area if it's causing you irritation, then go ahead and call our office so we can schedule a repair appointment.


Irritating, Misplaced Parts

As your teeth move and resettle, the archwire running through your brackets may start poking out in the back, causing irritation to your mouth and cheeks. If this happens, you can use a clean pencil eraser to move the wire to a more comfortable position or use dental wax to cover the wire. If it won't move and it's causing you serious pain, you can use a clean nail clipper that's been sterilized in alcohol to cut the wire – just be sure to call us first so we can guide you through. Either way, call us and let us know what's happening so we can make you an appointment to fix your braces.


Loose & Painful Teeth

As your teeth move around during treatment, it's normal for them to feel looser than normal, and in fact, this shows that the process is working. Your gums and teeth may also feel tender or sore for a few days after appointments. Using an over the counter pain reliever, a warm washcloth or heating pad on the cheek, or a warm salt water rinse (1 tsp of salt mixed with an 8-ounce glass of warm water) done twice a day can all be big helps in soothing irritation.


Contact Your Knoxville, TN Orthodontist

True orthodontic emergencies are rare, and we're constantly working to make your treatment as convenient and comfortable as possible - but when problems arise, we're here to help. If you ever have any questions on treatment or feel you may be having a problem, feel free to call us at (865) 687-6560, reach out to us at our contact page, or request an appointment online at either of our Knoxville, TN offices. We can't wait to hear from you, and we're excited to help you achieve a beautiful, healthy new smile!