Emergency Info

 

Premier Care From Your Orland Park Orthodontist

At Sonneveld Orthodontics, we understand that taking care of your teeth is important for your health and your self-confidence. That’s why we strive to educate our patients on how to best care for their smiles while wearing braces or Invisalign, and beyond. Keep reading to learn what to do in a dental emergency.

Emergency Situations

There are some instances that require immediate attention and a trip to your orthodontist. If you experience any of the following, call our office at (708) 403-2626 right away:

  • Extreme tooth or jaw pain
  • Loose bracket
  • Broken bracket
  • Loose wire
  • Poking wire

At-Home Solutions

Many orthodontic issues can be temporarily remedied at home. Here are a few at-home solutions to common issues:

If a braces wire is too long, broken, crooked, or loose, it can scrape up the inside of your mouth. Apply wax to the area or move the end of the wire with an eraser to reduce irritation until Dr. Sonneveld can fix the issue further. In extreme cases, cut the wire with a pair of nail clippers that have been sterilized in alcohol. Always call our office to make an appointment.

Take an over-the-counter pain reliever can to relieve jaw discomfort and soreness due to braces. You can also apply a heating pad or warm washcloth.

If you are experiencing extreme pain or discomfort from Invisalign, you may choose to remove the aligners until you can get in for an appointment. However, the longer they remain off your teeth, the longer it will take to realign them—so be sure to call right away.

Contact Sonneveld Orthodontics Today

In the case of a teeth emergency, call us immediately, even if you have a future appointment scheduled. If you have further questions regarding braces or any type of orthodontic treatment, contact us to get in touch or schedule an appointment. We look forward to hearing from you soon!