Since children and young people are the biggest group to
wear braces, they can experience problems. That’s because kids play hard. They
may not be paying attention to what’s going on. Kids run, laugh, get into
things they shouldn’t and they are on the go all the time. From playing soccer
to hanging out with friends, they can often get into situations that an adult
would not experience.
That’s why they do sometimes damage their braces. Whether
it’s Invisalign or metal braces, your child can lose a bracket, damage a wire
or crack the plastic retainer if they’re wearing Invisalign. What do you do
when this happen?
Try to manage the situation as best you can until the person
can be seen by a dentist or orthodontist. Remember that if you need to be seen
after hours, the cost will skyrocket. It’s best to try and handle things
yourself until the dentist office opens.
If the individual is having pain, use over the counter pain
killers. If there’s stress involved, then take the time to meditate. Meditating
is fairly easy to do. Simply find a quiet place, turn out the lights and put on
some soft music. Now begin taking deep cleansing breaths.
Whether it’s the patient or the parent, meditating can help
relieve stress and anxiety. If the situation is bad enough, you may need to go
to an emergency room. They typically do not have dentists and orthodontists on
staff. The only thing they can do is prescribe pain killers or antibiotics to
get rid of an infection.