Orthodontic emergencies tend to be more of mishaps than true emergencies. Although things can go wrong that may cause discomfort, pain, or anxiety, the likelihood that you will be acutely hurt due to an orthodontic appliance is extremely unlikely.
If any of the circumstances listed below should happen to you, however, and you are unable to repair it or alleviate the pain yourself, it is important that you contact us immediately to schedule a visit for emergency care. We will make every effort to see you as quickly as possible so that we can alleviate your pain and repair the problem.
Generalized soreness is common both when you first get your braces and after each adjustment. This tenderness typically lasts for up to five days and can be relieved by using warm, salt water mouthwashes or over-the-counter pain relievers. For more information on coping with soreness, visit our Life With Braces page.