Emergency Info

Orthodontic emergencies.While we always hope that all our patients here at Orthodontically Yours are able to avoid any orthodontic emergencies, we realize that emergencies are just a part of life through no fault of anyone. As your provider of exceptional Mississauga and Thornhill ceramic braces, Invisalign, and other orthodontics, we want you to be prepared in case the unfortunate occurs. That’s why we’ve taken the time to provide instructions on what to do if you ever run into any of the most common major or minor emergencies.

Major Emergencies

There are only a few examples that we’d categorize as major emergencies. These include:

  • Trauma or injury to the teeth, face or mouth
  • Infection or swelling of the gums, mouth or face
  • Severe pain or discomfort in the gums, teeth, or mouth.

If you find yourself suffering from any of those previous conditions, please seek help as soon as possible. You might want to head to an emergency room if you believe that’s your best choice, though your dentist is typically the first place you should go to. Your dentist will be trained to handle a wide variety of dental problems and will likely have the ability to treat your condition.

Minor Problems

Thankfully, the majority of problems with orthodontics are minor. However, this doesn’t mean that they won’t cause any irritation or discomfort. In these situations, it’s best to try and remedy the cause of the irritation and then give our office a call to schedule an appointment. This will allow us the ability to allot a suitable amount of time to take care of your problem. Here are our tips on how to treat some of the more common minor orthodontic problems.

Loose or Broken Wires, Brackets or Bands

If the bracket or band is still attached to the wire, leave it the way that it is – just don’t connect any elastics to it. If it’s irritating your mouth, you can cover it with orthodontic wax. If anything comes off, make sure to save it. In either case, give us a call at our Mississauga and Thornhill orthodontics office to let us know and we’ll schedule an appointment for you. Remember to bring any loose parts with you as well.

Misplaced or Poking Archwires, Brackets, or Ties

When your teeth begin to move, the archwire may sometimes begin poking near the back of your mouth or it may irritate your cheeks. If this happens, you can try moving the archwire into a more favorable position by using a pencil eraser, tweezers, or a Q-Tip. If the wire won’t move, you might be able to cut off the end by using a nail clipper that’s been sterilized in alcohol. Before you do this though, please give your Mississauga and Thornhill orthodontist a call for instructions and guidance.

General Tooth Pain or Loosening

You might notice that your teeth may become slightly loosened during orthodontic treatment. Don’t worry though – this is completely normal and just shows that they’re moving properly! However, this movement can be accompanied by soreness, especially after the braces have either been placed or adjusted. To help relieve any discomfort, we recommend:

  • Taking an over-the-counter pain reliever.
  • Rinsing twice per day with a glass of salt water (placing one teaspoon of salt in an eight-ounce glass of warm water).
  • Placing a heating pad or a warm washcloth on the outside of your jaw.

Contact Your Mississauga and Thornhill Orthodontics Provider!

While actual emergencies may be rare, it’s our mission to make your orthodontic treatment as comfortable as possible. If you have any questions or need additional advice, please don’t hesitate to contact us. If you’re interested in scheduling an appointment for our Mississauga and Thornhill Invisalign, ceramic braces, or metal braces, we encourage you to request a consultation through our website. We hope to help make your orthodontic treatment go as smoothly as possible!