Emergency Care

Emergency Care

Orthodontic emergencies are rare but sometimes happen.

As a general rule, orthodontic emergencies are not true emergencies. They usually are when a piece of an appliance comes loose, and while annoying, there is no need to rush off to the emergency room. With this guide, we aim to show you have to manage common orthodontic “emergencies.”

If a piece of an appliance comes loose, use dental wax to hold it back in place.

This is only a temporary fix, but it will make you more comfortable until you see us in a few hours to a few days, depending on when the incident occurs. If a piece comes off, save it somewhere safe and bring it in when you see us. If a wire is poking you, clip it or push it into place.


General Soreness

General soreness is easy to manage.

Soreness and tenderness is expected when braces are placed and after each adjustment. However, this should not be significant. You can use saltwater rinses and over-the-counter pain medication for the discomfort. As far as eating, stick to soft foods until the soreness stops. If the appliance is irritating the mouth, use dental wax on the offending parts until your mouth adjusts.


Headgear will have special concerns.

Usually discomfort with headgear occurs because the user is not wearing it as instructed. If you are following the instructions, little should go wrong. If the facebow is bent, see us as soon as possible. Keep in mind that the more you wear your headgear, the less it will hurt.

If you have any other concerns, please call our office.