Orthodontic Emergencies

If you are experiencing an orthodontic emergency, please contact us as soon as possible. Our team is happy to help you with your dental concerns. 

Orthodontic emergencies are uncommon, but they do occur. Therefore, it’s important to understand what to do if one should take place.

What is an orthodontic emergency?

Orthodontic emergencies are situations that require immediate attention to prevent further damage, or that cannot be managed without treatment. This could include: 

  • Severe pain, swelling, or infection
  • When your orthodontic device is broken and interfering with your movement/functionality
  • Uncontrollable bleeding
  • Wires jabbing into your cheek

What am I supposed to do in an orthodontic emergency?

The first thing to do is remain calm and seek assistance from your trusted specialists. At South Yarra Orthodontics, we can be reached on 03 9131 1999. 

If your orthodontist is unavailable, contact your nearest orthodontist, dentist, or clinic.

Common orthodontic issues

These concerns are not considered emergencies, and they may be handled at home or at your next visit. Here’s what you should do if any of these problems arise. 

Missing o-rings

If a rubber band breaks off your braces, you may replace it yourself with o-rings provided by your orthodontist. Rubber bands are non-toxic and safe if you happen to swallow one.

Rubbing irritations

Make sure to bring home some relief wax from the orthodontist, which may be applied to the brackets to smooth out the surface. It prevents uncomfortable rubbing on the interior of your cheeks.

Loose brackets 

Brackets should stay in place as they are attached to the wire. If they have come loose, please book an appointment with your orthodontist to get it reattached.

Wire problems

If a wire breaks or protrudes from its intended position, use tweezers to bend it back into place and then cover it with relief wax to keep it in position. Book an appointment with your orthodontist to get the wire replaced. 

Mouth sores 

Make sure you have some anaesthetic gel on hand to soothe and heal the sores. Make an appointment for adjustments to be made.

Contact South Yarra Orthodontics for emergencies

Although orthodontic emergencies are rare and hardly ever require urgent treatment, please get in touch with us as soon as possible if one does occur. You are able to call us on 03 9131 1999.