Orthodontic emergencies

We are prepared to handle orthodontic emergencies if they arise during your treatment. Orthodontic care does not normally lead to oral emergencies, but if something does come up, we are available to help. Our phone number is: 415-453-7880

What should I do in an orthodontic emergency?

If something unexpected happens in relation to your mouth or orthodontic equipment, it may be necessary to come by for an emergency appointment. If you are unsure whether or not your problem warrants a last-minute visit, give our office a call and we will discuss whatever is happening.

If you or your child is in imminent danger, please visit your local emergency room immediately. Once the situation is under control, you can call and give us an update on the situation.

Orthodontic emergencies

Minor orthodontic problems

Most problems that come up during your treatment will be minor, and many can be handled at home. You are always welcome to visit our office if you are concerned, but to save you a trip we can also walk you through some problems on the phone.

Some minor orthodontic issues may include:

  • Loose brackets
  • Broken brackets
  • Pointy wires, ties, or brackets that are causing irritation or bleeding
  • Toothaches
  • Loose teeth
  • Mild soreness
  • Lost aligners
  • Hygiene trouble
  • Small sores on the tongue or gums

If you are experiencing a minor orthodontic-related problem, give our office a call during business hours and we will make suggestions on what you should do. If you need to come in, we will create an appointment for you at your earliest convenience.

Orthodontic emergencies

Major orthodontic problems

In the rare chance that you experience a true orthodontic emergency, please contact us right away. If you or your child are in imminent danger, call 911 or go to the emergency room first. Once the situation is under control, you can call and give us an update.

An orthodontic emergency may include:

  • Trauma to the face, mouth, jaw, and/or teeth
  • Severe, unresolved pain in the mouth and/or face
  • Excessive bleeding
  • Infection in the mouth and gums
  • Obstructive swelling on the face or in the mouth
  • Trouble breathing

Don’t hesitate to call us and ask for help. Our office number is: 415-453-7880

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Orthodontic emergencies