If you are experiencing an orthodontic emergency please contact us asap. Our team will be happy to help you with your dental concerns.
Although it’s rare, orthodontic emergencies can happen and it’s helpful to be knowledgeable on what to do if the situation should arise.
What is an orthodontic emergency?
Orthodontic emergencies include injuries or trauma to the mouth, teeth, or face that cannot be managed without seeking treatment. This could include:
- When your orthodontic device is broken and interfering with your movement/functionality
- Wires jabbing into your cheek
- Uncontrollable bleeding
- Severe pain, swelling, or infection
What to do in an orthodontic emergency?
The first thing to remember in an orthodontic emergency is to remain calm and seek assistance from your trusted specialists. We can be reached on 03 9212 0217.
Alternatively, if your orthodontist is unavailable, seek assistance from the next nearest orthodontist, dentist, or clinic.
Common orthodontic issues
These issues are not considered emergencies and can be managed at home or at your next appointment. If any of these should occur, here’s what you should do.
Keep anaesthetic gel on hand to relieve and heal the sores. Make an appointment for adjustments to be made.
Make sure to bring home some relief wax from the orthodontist which can be applied onto the brackets to smooth out the surface. This prevents uncomfortable rubbing on the inside of your cheeks.
As brackets are attached to the wire, they should stay in place. Book an appointment with your orthodontist to get it reattached.
If a wire breaks or sticks out, use tweezers to bend the wire back into a more comfortable position and then cover it with relief wax to hold it in position. Book an appointment with your orthodontist to get the wire replaced.
If you lose a rubber band off your braces, you can replace it yourself with o-rings supplied by your orthodontist. If you happen to swallow a rubber band, they are nontoxic and safe.
Contact Berwick Orthodontic Specialists for emergencies
Although orthodontic emergencies are rare and hardly ever require urgent treatment, if you do experience an issue and need to get in touch with us as soon as possible. Please give us a call on (03) 9212 0217