Orthodontic Emergencies

You can trust our dentists to meet your orthodontic needs, including orthodontic emergency care. Our team is committed to maintaining your oral health and comfort throughout your treatment. Contact Richmond Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics at 804-740-7281 if you need urgent care!

What should I do if I experience an orthodontic emergency?

If you experience an orthodontic emergency, such as a traumatic injury to your teeth or jaws, we urge you to call our office immediately. We will provide you with any needed instructions on what to do and whether or not you need to be seen as soon as possible by one of our orthodontists.

Loose Brackets or Poking Wires

If a bracket or wire is loosened, please call our office at your earliest convenience. If it is after normal business hours and you have an irritating or poking wire, we recommend using fingernail clippers that have been washed and sterilized in alcohol to clip the end of the irritating wire. You can also use an appropriately cleansed pencil eraser to push a poking wire into a more comfortable position or you can cover the poking wire with wax. Please call our office on the next business day so we can schedule an appointment for you.

Lost Separators

Many patients have separators placed between their teeth either at the beginning or over the course of their treatment. If you lose a separator, please call our office during normal business hours to see if it needs to be replaced.

Discomfort with Braces and Orthodontic Treatment

When you first get your braces and sometimes after routine adjustments, you may feel some soreness or discomfort. This is normal and you do not need to worry. You may want to take acetaminophen or another non-aspirin pain reliever if your teeth are sore after adjustment appointments. You may also wish to use a warm washcloth or heating pad to reduce soreness in the jaws.

If you experience these or any other type of orthodontic concerns, we encourage you to call our team. We are here to provide the care you need!