Orthodontic emergencies are typically rare events. However, it is important to know what to do if you experience an emergency or a problem with your braces, appliance, or retainer. In many cases, there are solutions available to help make you more comfortable until you are able to visit our office.
Avoiding Orthodontic Emergencies and Issues
The best way to avoid orthodontic emergencies and issues is by wearing a mouthguard during sporting activities, and by taking good care of your teeth. Avoid hard candies and other foods that can break or damage your braces. Please avoid chewing on pens or other items as those habits may cause damage to your teeth and your braces.
Urgent Orthodontic Emergencies
Wearing a mouthguard when playing sports is the best way to prevent traumatic injuries to your teeth, lips, and other soft tissue when you have braces and other orthodontic treatment. If you experience an injury to your head, mouth, or teeth and you experience bleeding, or a loose, crooked or knocked out (avulsed) tooth, it is important to visit your dental office or emergency room as soon as possible, and no longer than 2 hours from the time of the injury.
If you have any accidents or other injuries relating to your teeth, it is important to contact us immediately for an evaluation.