Orthodontic Emergencies

Orthodontic emergencies can happen from a number of situations or factors. This page is designed to help you understand what can happen and how to deal with these emergencies if they should arise.

Orthodontic Emergencies And Food

Food: 
Certain foods can damage orthodontic appliances. Follow the basic rules of orthodontic 
care – avoid sticky, hard, and sweet foods. Do not chew bubble gum or eat caramels, taffy, popcorn, nuts, peanut brittle, ice, corn-on-the-cob, or crisp tacos. Be very careful when eating carrot sticks (they must be thinly sliced), apples (cut into small wedges), meat off the bone, and hard breads.

Orthodontic Emergencies And Soreness

General Soreness
: It is common to experience some mouth soreness during orthodontic treatment; this can last for 3 to 4 days following installation or maintenance. To alleviate discomfort, we recommend that patients eat soft foods and rinse with warm salt water after each meal. Pain relievers also help. Patients can take the recommended dosage of Tylenol or Motrin if there is no history of adverse reactions to these medicines.

Injury And Orthodontic Emergencies

Injury: 
Orthodontic appliances can be damaged when a patient sustains an injury to the mouth or face.  Call for an appointment if teeth feel loose or if the appliance is broken.

Orthodontic Emergencies And Irritating Or Loose Wires Or Bands

Irritating Wire
: If an appliance wire protrudes and begins to irritate any part of the mouth, gently try to tuck it under the archwire with the eraser of a pencil or cover it with wax.  Call our office for an appointment if this discomfort continues.

Loose Wire or Band: 
If a wire or band becomes loose or a piece of the appliance comes off completely, call our office for an appointment.

Orthodontic Emergencies And Loose Teeth

Loose Teeth: 
Do not be surprised if teeth feel loose during treatment. Teeth need to loosen before they can move into their new positions.

Orthodontic Emergencies And Loss Of Your Appliance

Loss
: If you lose your removable appliance, call our office to schedule an appointment to be re-fitted or re-equipped.

Orthodontic Emergency Office Visits

EMERGENCY: In case of an Orthodontic Emergency contact us at our office. 
Emergency visits to the office can be made if a patient experiences severe pain or if an appliance is lost or broken.