Emergency Care

Orthodontic First Aid

While orthodontic emergencies are rare, they can happen. In those situations, we are available for you. If you experience severe pain, a loose band or broken wire, or have a painful appliance problem you can’t alleviate yourself, please call the office. If it is after business hours, feel free to utilize our emergency after-hours number at 714-451-6259 and we can either schedule an appointment to resolve the issue or provide instructions for a temporary solution.

As a general rule, emergency appointments may be scheduled when there is severe pain, a loose band, a broken wire or something you can’t temporarily take care of yourself. Please see our Orthodontic First Aid section for useful tips on how to temporarily address common problems at home until you can come into the office, starting with the informative video below.

Sore Teeth

After braces are placed in the mouth or after routine adjustments, it is normal for teeth to feel sore for a few days. In these situations, we generally recommend taking an analgesic such as acetaminophen (ie. Tylenol) or Ibuprofen (ie. Advil, Motrin) to relieve the discomfort. This is our recommended protocol, if course, you don’t have any known allergies to these medications. If you have an open mouth sore, you can rinse with warm salt water to temporarily soothe the area.

Loose Wire or Band

Don’t be alarmed if a wire or band comes loose. This can happen on rare occasion. If the wire protrudes, push the wire away from the irritated area using the eraser of a pencil or a cotton swab. If irritation to the lips or mouth continues, place a piece of small wax or wet cotton on the wire to minimize the annoyance.

If a bracket comes loose from a tooth, it usually remains connected to the main wire and is not cause for an emergency visit. You can utilize tweezers to reposition the brace if it flips around the wire. Call our office at your earliest convenience, so we can schedule an appointment to repair the loose bracket.

Other Emergencies

If your Invisalign tray is irritating your gums or causing any discomfort, simply utilize a new, clean nail file to smooth any rough edges. If the trays still cause discomfort, please call our office.

If you have a loose expander or other appliance or trauma to the mouth, please contact us immediately. We are here to answer questions and assist you in time of need.