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JUST WHAT IS AN ORTHODONTIC EMERGENCY?

Our orthodontic team at Champlain Orthodontics takes your comfort very seriously.  Please use the information on this page to learn how to treat minor emergencies at home so you can eliminate extra trips to the office.

At first, having orthodontic treatment may take a little getting used to. It isn't uncommon to experience a bit of soreness when braces are first put on, or some minor aches as teeth begin moving into new positions. Yet it's comforting to know that genuine orthodontic emergencies are rare.

If you think you may have an emergency, the first step is to determine the severity of the problem: Is it an urgent situation that requires immediate attention, or a minor problem that you can take care of yourself, temporarily, until you can come in to our office?

You can find detailed guidance here!

 

There are only a few true orthodontic (or dental) emergencies. 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 the mouth

In any of these situations, you should seek help as soon as possible.

Your dentist will treat the immediate dental problem; afterwards your orthodontic treatment plan can be adjusted as needed. Likewise, severe pain or swelling could be a sign of infection or disease, which your dentist is best able to treat.