Life happens. Sometimes a bracket or wire will pop loose on your braces, a rubber band comes off your braces, or your Invisalign attachment may fall off. Whatever your common orthodontic emergency may be, we’re here for you in Lake Mary and Longwood!
Your health and safety are our top priorities. If you experience a dental emergency, we encourage you to schedule an appointment or give us a call as soon as possible. We want to prevent any complications, discomfort or further damage to your appliances. We also want to keep your treatment plan moving forward!
How to Contact Us for Emergencies
If our offices are open when you encounter an emergency, please give us a call as soon as you can.
If our offices are not open, please leave us a message and we will contact you immediately when our doors open. (Again, if you’re experiencing a trauma, please don’t wait. Go to the emergency room.)
Your wellbeing is incredibly important to us! We have an on-call team member available to respond to after-hours emergencies. To reach our emergency line, simply call our office and press 1.
What is an orthodontic emergency?
An orthodontic emergency is any unexpected situation you find yourself in that damages your teeth, mouth, braces, or appliance throughout your treatment.
Here are the most common orthodontic emergencies:
- Invisalign attachment falls off
- Invisalign tray is damaged, warped, or missing
- Braces rubber band falls off
- Braces archwire pops out of place
- Poking wires or metal pieces
- Tooth pain or loose teeth
Any situation that requires an emergency braces repair or gives you discomfort throughout your treatment plan is considered a common orthodontic emergency.
In the meantime…
In the case of an emergency, once you call us or schedule your appointment, there are a few things you can do in the meantime.
Loose Wire or Loose Bracket
If you experience a loose archwire or your bracket pops off, try to bring your bracket to your appointment (if you still have it). Place it in a ziploc bag and bring it to your orthodontist.
Loose wires can be put back in place with tweezers, or with your finger. (Wash your hands first, of course.) Try to place the wire back into the bracket, if possible. If you can’t, use orthodontic wax to cover the poking wire until you’re able to visit us.
Poking Metal Piece or Irritating Appliance
Orthodontic wax is the answer! We will give you a sufficient supply of orthodontic wax when you get your braces on, and if you run out, you can find it in the braces section at most drugstores.
Cover the poking wire or irritating bracket with a small ball of orthodontic wax until you’re able to come into our office. Replace the wax as needed to protect your cheeks, tongue or lips from sharp ends.
Tooth Pain or Loose Teeth
Throughout your treatment, you may notice some slight looseness or wiggling in your teeth. This is normal! The point of your treatment is to shift your teeth, which causes some minor wiggling.
Some discomfort or soreness is also common with your treatment. Over-the-counter pain relievers, like Tylenol®, should ease the discomfort. Especially after your braces adjustment appointments, you may feel some soreness in your teeth and gums. Use Tylenol as directed and this should solve your problem!
If your wiggling or looseness is significant and you’re concerned, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We will see you as soon as possible to alleviate your concerns and assess your condition.
Still have questions about common orthodontic emergencies?
We are your emergency orthodontist! We’re here to help. If you experience an emergency, we will prioritize your visit to solve your problem as soon as you’re available to come in.
Our amazing orthodontists, Dr. Wiewiora and Dr. Dunn, are here to keep your smile transformation on the right track.
Ready to start your smile transformation? Request your complimentary consultation today!