Orthodontic emergencies.The team at Smile Worx Orthodontics strives to provide the best orthodontic treatment to patients of our Edmonton and Leduc offices. During your visits with us, we do everything we can to ensure your orthodontics treatment is going smoothly and your orthodontic appliances are in good shape.

However, we know that sometimes unexpected problems may occur between visits that require immediate attention and quick fixes. If you experience such a problem, refer to our orthodontic emergency info below.

A Major Emergency

There are only a few true orthodontic (or dental) emergencies. They include:

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

In any of these situations, you should seek help as soon as possible — go to an emergency room, if that's your best option. Generally, however, the place to start is with your regular dentist. Remember that he or she is trained to handle a range of dental problems, and can most likely offer the necessary diagnostic tools, anesthetics, and treatments you need. If, for example, you have a fractured tooth, your dentist will treat the immediate problem and arrange for the tooth's restoration; afterward your orthodontic treatment plan can be adjusted as needed. Likewise, severe pain or swelling could be a sign of infection or disease, which a dentist or periodontist is best able to treat.

Orthodontic-Specific Problems

Fortunately, the vast majority of orthodontic problems are minor compared to these situations, but they may still cause you discomfort and trouble. See below for some more common orthodontic problems, along with tips on what you can do in response.

Loose Brackets, Bands, & Wires

If a bracket, band, or wire is loosened on your braces, call our Edmonton or Leduc office right away for advice. The bracket, band, or wire may need to be replaced as soon as possible. If the emergency occurs at night or over the weekend and you are unable to get in touch with your orthodontist immediately, you may need to cut a wire or slide off a bracket on your own. To do this, you may use fingernail clippers that have been washed and sterilized in alcohol. Please call our Edmonton or Leduc office the next business day so that we may still schedule an appointment for you as a follow up.

Wire Irritations

Wire IrritationsIf a wire on your braces is causing you discomfort, you can resolve this issue by moving the wire away from the irritated area with a cotton swab or eraser. If the wire will not move, try covering the end of it with a small piece of cotton or a small amount of wax. If it is painful to move the wire, you can cut it with nail clippers or scissors that have been washed and sterilized in alcohol. If you cannot resolve the wire irritation on your own, then please call our Edmonton or Leduc office for an appointment.

Lost Separators

Sometimes patients lose a separator during their treatment. If you have a regularly scheduled appointment within a day or two of losing your separator, there is no need to panic. Normally we don't need to replace the separator right away. However, if your appointment is more than two days away, we will most likely need to replace it, so contact our Edmonton or Leduc team and schedule an appointment to see if the separator needs to be replaced.

Discomfort with Orthodontic Treatment

During the first week after your braces are put in place, and after routine adjustments are made during an appointment, you may feel some pain, soreness, or discomfort associated with your orthodontic treatment. If you do, you may take acetaminophen or another non-aspirin pain reliever while you adjust to the feel of your braces. A warm washcloth or heating pad placed against the face may reduce the soreness in your jaws as well.

Contact Smile Worx Orthodontics Today!

Dr. Crichton, Dr. Burke, and our skilled team are here to provide all of the information and support you need to feel comfortable and confident throughout your orthodontic treatment process. If you have any issues that require immediate attention, please contact our Edmonton or Leduc office as soon as possible so our staff can help address your problem. We are proud to offer quality orthodontic care to all of our patients and encourage you to reach out to us if you need help with or have questions about your orthodontic treatment!