Orthodontic emergencies.At the office of Dr. Gordon Niles Orthodontics, we help children, teenagers and adults achieve beautiful and healthy smiles. Our office provides exceptional orthodontic treatment using the latest technologies and techniques. Whether you’re looking for a provider of Invisalign in and around Brighton, MI or need to find an experienced orthodontist for your child, we can meet all your family’s orthodontic needs in one convenient location.

Although it is rare to have a true orthodontic emergency, when one does occur, it’s important that you know what to do. We’ve put together the following information about both major and minor orthodontic emergencies along with some how to handle each situation.

Major Orthodontic Emergencies

Some examples of major orthodontic emergencies include:

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

If you experience any of the problems above, you should seek professional assistance immediately by heading to the nearest emergency room, if that is your best option at the time. You can also contact your family dentist for assistance. 

Minor Orthodontic Emergencies

Most orthodontic emergencies are considered minor. However, even a minor problem can cause problems like discomfort or irritation. Generally speaking, the best course of action to take is to try to relieve the discomfort you’re feeling. Then, just call our office to tell us about it and to set up an appointment time. We’ll do our best to get you in our office as soon as we can. Some of the most common minor orthodontic emergencies that can occur include:

  • Loose or Broken Appliances - This type of problem is often caused by eating foods you shouldn’t like sticky or hard foods or by manipulating your braces with your finger or tongue. If the band or bracket is still attached to the archwire, leave it be and don’t connect any elastics to it. If the bracket or band is irritating the inside of your mouth or lip, place a small ball of orthodontic wax over the area. If the bracket or band loosens and comes off, save the piece and bring it with you to your appointment.
  • Misplaced or poking bracket, archwire or tie - It is common for an archwire to begin poking near the back of the mouth or to irritate the cheeks as the teeth are moving into their new positions. You can try to move a misplaced wire into a better position using a cotton swab or pencil eraser. If that doesn’t work, you can clip the end off using nail clippers you’ve sterilized in alcohol. However, before attempting this, call our office for specific directions.
  • General tooth pain or feeling as though your teeth are loose - If it feels as though your teeth are loose while in treatment, you should know that it’s completely normal and a sign that your treatment is moving along as planned. It is also common to feel some discomfort as your teeth gradually move. If you experience minor soreness, you can take a regular over-the-counter pain reliever or rinse your mouth out with salt water. Just mix one teaspoon of salt in a glass of warm water and rinse your mouth out for a few seconds. A warm compress placed on the outside of the jaw can also help relieve the discomfort you feel.

Contact Your Local Brighton & Howell Orthodontist

At the office of Dr. Gordon Niles, our goal is to make your treatment as convenient, pleasant and trouble-free as possible! If you have any questions about your treatment or need some advice regarding how to deal with a particular problem you’re experiencing, please give us a call at (810) 227-1950. We look forward to meeting you and your family soon!