What to Do If Something Goes Wrong With Your Invisalign or Braces

Orthodontic treatment, whether braces or Invisalign, can sometimes lead to unexpected issues. Knowing how to handle these situations can help alleviate discomfort and prevent further complications. Below are some common orthodontic emergencies and guidance on what to do.

Discomfort or Pain

  • With Braces: Soreness or discomfort is common after adjustments. Over-the-counter pain relievers and orthodontic wax can help alleviate discomfort. Eating soft foods and using a cold compress can also provide relief.
  • With Invisalign: Discomfort may occur when switching to a new set of aligners. Over-the-counter pain relievers can help manage any discomfort. If the pain persists or is severe, contact your orthodontist.

Broken or Loose Brackets or Wires

  • With Braces: If a bracket breaks or a wire becomes loose, use orthodontic wax to cover any sharp edges and prevent irritation. If it’s the middle of the night or a weekend, you might need to cut a wire or slide a bracket off. Wash a set of nail clippers and sterilize them in alcohol; then use those to cut the wire. Contact your orthodontist as soon as possible to schedule a repair appointment.
  • With Invisalign: If an aligner becomes cracked or damaged, contact us. In the meantime, continue wearing the previous aligner to prevent teeth from shifting.

Mouth Sores or Irritation

  • With Braces: Rinse your mouth with warm saltwater to soothe any irritation. Apply orthodontic wax to the brackets or wires causing irritation. Avoid hard, crunchy, or spicy foods that may further irritate the sores.
  • With Invisalign: Rinse your mouth with warm saltwater and apply orthodontic wax to any rough edges on the aligners. If the irritation persists, contact us for further guidance.

Difficulty Removing Aligners

  • With Invisalign: If you’re having trouble removing your aligners, try using an aligner removal tool or gently pushing on the inside edges of the aligners with your fingers. Avoid using excessive force, as this can damage the aligners or your teeth. If you continue to have difficulty, contact us.

Bold: Allergic Reactions

  • With Braces or Invisalign: Allergic reactions to orthodontic materials are rare but possible. If you experience symptoms such as swelling, itching, or rash, contact your orthodontist immediately. We can recommend alternative materials or treatment options.

Lost Aligners or Retainers

  • With Invisalign or Retainers: If you lose an aligner or retainer, contact your orthodontist as soon as possible. We can provide a replacement or advise on what steps to take until a replacement is obtained. In the meantime, continue wearing your previous aligner or retainer to prevent teeth from shifting.

In any orthodontic emergency, it’s crucial to contact your orthodontist for guidance and assistance. We can provide personalized advice based on your specific situation and ensure that your treatment progresses smoothly. If you are experiencing severe pain, swelling, or bleeding, seek immediate medical attention.

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