Emergency Info

While it’s not likely that you’ll find yourself in need of emergency dental care when it comes to your braces or Invisalign treatment, it’s a good idea to have a resource for what to do if you become concerned. It’s normal to have some minor irritation or soreness with both braces and Invisalign treatments. Your teeth may be sore after your Sudbury orthodontist adjusts your braces or after you change to your next set of Invisalign aligners. Your braces may rub against your cheek when you first get them on. You can usually control these instances of discomfort with over-the-counter pain medication that Dr. D'Aloisio can recommend to you. However, if you think you may have an emergency, you should contact our nearest office right away. We are always here to help!

What Should I Do In A Real Dental Emergency?

You will want to take good care of your braces or aligners during treatment. For example, be sure that you wear an approved mouthguard if you plan to participate in any sports or activities that may result in trauma to your mouth. And be sure that you follow proper oral hygiene practices. When it comes to orthodontic treatment, there are a few true orthodontic (or dental) emergencies that require immediate action. They include:

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

If you or your child are experiencing any of these, please go to the emergency room, if you believed that is the best option. Or, contact one of our three conveniently located orthodontic offices in Sudbury, Parry Sound, and Espanola. Our Ontario area patients know that we are here for them whenever needed and we can determine the best course of action to take.

What Should I Do For Minor Braces Or Invisalign Problems?

Several problems could occur with your braces or Invisalign treatment that you may want to take care before your next visit. Most of these emergencies should be reported to your nearest Sudbury Orthodontics office as quickly as possible so that we can schedule a time to repair your appliance as needed, or get your treatment back on track. Please don’t arrive at the office without an appointment as our staff will likely need to create time within Dr. D'Aloisio’s schedule to see you. While you are waiting for your appointment time, we can give you some advice on ways to soothe any discomfort or irritation you may be having. Here are a few of the more common orthodontic problems, along with some tips on what you can do to relieve them at home:

  • Discomfort with Orthodontic Treatment

During the first week after your braces are in place and routine adjustments are complete, it is common to have some soreness or discomfort as your teeth begin to move into position. A warm washcloth or heating pad may reduce the soreness in your jaws. You can also use a salt-water mouth rinse to help relieve soreness or irritated gums. Simply dissolve one teaspoon of salt in eight ounces of warm water and rinse vigorously. Additionally, you can also take acetaminophen or other over-the-counter non-aspirin pain relievers.

  • Irritating Brackets or Wires

Wires or brackets can sometimes irritate. This can often be relieved by moving the wire away from the irritated area with a cotton swab or eraser. If the wire doesn’t move, try covering the end of it with a small piece of cotton or a small amount of dental wax. If the wire is painful, you can cut it with nail clippers or scissors that have been washed and sterilized in alcohol. If you are unable to resolve the wire irritation, give one of our offices a call and schedule an appointment.

  • Loose Or Broken Brackets, Bands or Wires

This problem is often caused by eating hard or sticky candy or food or playing with your braces. If this happens to you, do NOT try to pull the part out of your mouth - leave it attached and connected as much as possible. Cover it with dental wax if it is irritating you and give one of our offices a call as soon as possible to schedule an appointment. Always bring any parts of the braces that may have fallen out with you to your appointment.

  • Lost Separators

Most patients will lose a separator at some time during their braces treatment. Just call our office for instructions if this happens.

  • Misplaced Or Poking Archwire, Bracket or Tie

As the teeth start to move, the wire that connects them (archwire) may begin poking near the back of the mouth or irritating the cheeks. You can try moving the wire into a better position with a pencil eraser or a Q-Tip. If the wire won't move, you may be able to cut the end off with a nail clipper sterilized in alcohol — but before doing so, please call our Sudbury, Parry Sound or Espanola office for our guidance or instructions. Sometimes, you can also use tweezers to gently move a misplaced wire or a tie that's causing problems.


Contact Us For Any Dental Emergency Questions

While actual emergencies are rare, our goal at Sudbury Orthodontics is to make orthodontic treatment with your braces or Invisalign as comfortable as possible. If you need additional advice, our orthodontist and staff are happy to speak with you so don't hesitate to call us at our nearest orthodontist office listed below or request an appointment online. We look forward to helping you care for your orthodontic appliances and assisting you with challenges or emergencies you may have with orthodontic treatment along the way.

Sudbury: 705-671-6261

Parry Sound: 705-746-9311

Espanola: 705-869-0880

Sudbury Orthodontics

  • Sudbury Location - 250 Notre Dame Ave., Sudbury, ON P3C 5K5 Phone: 705-671-6261
  • Parry Sound Location - 5 Bowes St., Parry Sound, ON P2A 2K7 Phone: 705-746-9311
  • Espanola Location - 91 Tudhope Street, Espanola, ON P5E 1S6 Phone: 705-869-0880

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