Orthodontic Emergencies

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There are very few true orthodontic emergencies, but Maddux Orthodontics is always available to help you. If you have any questions, need assistance or would like more information about any orthodontic related issue, call us at 757-499-3530. If you have a broken appliance or are experiencing intense pain, we will do our best to fit you into the schedule for an appointment.

If you need immediate emergency attention, go to the nearest emergency room to seek medical care for:

  • Sports or other accidents that include trauma to the face, mouth, gums or teeth
  • An infection that is causing pain, swelling, or redness in the face, gums, or mouth
  • Severe dental pain in any form
  • Other serious issues related to your teeth, jaws, mouth and/or face

Once any medical issues have been addressed, you should also see your general dentist before coming to see us. Your general dentist can help with teeth that have been knocked out, broken or loosened teeth and any other emergency dental issues.

Common Orthodontic Problems

From broken brackets to poking wires, Maddux Orthodontics & Invisalign Center will provide the care you need.

Loose or Damaged Brackets

Often caused by eating hard or sticky food, a loose or damaged bracket should be repaired or replaced. Simply call our office to schedule an appointment. In the meantime, if the bracket is broken but still attached to the wire, you may cover it with orthodontic wax to make yourself comfortable.  You may also remove the bracket from the wire and bring it with you to your next appointment. 

Mouth Sores, Aches, Tooth Soreness

It is normal for teeth to become slightly loosened during orthodontic treatment. Sometimes this movement may be accompanied by tenderness, especially after braces are newly placed or adjusted. If your mouth is achy, use an over-the-counter pain reliever. You can rinse out your mouth with warm saltwater twice a day. Just mix one teaspoon of table salt with eight ounces of warm water, then gently swish the water around in your mouth. You can also use a warm washcloth and or heating pad on the outside of the jaw to help relieve pain.

Lost Separator or Loose Bands

If you lose a separator or your bands become loose, please call our office. Although it is not common, sometimes a separator can become loose during the course of treatment and it may need to be replaced. If you have any questions or concerns, we are always happy to help.

If you are experiencing an orthodontic emergency, call or text your emergency to: (757)499-3530.