Orthodontic Emergencies

Orthodontic emergencies.When it comes to kids’ orthodontics, there are unfortunately many things that can go wrong. At Yummy Dental, your home for Chicago and Glenview kids’ orthodontics, we’re equipped with the treatments and expertise to best help your child when these emergencies happen. Whether your child is suffering from unmanageable pain or a wire just seemed to get loose in his or her braces, we want you to know that your child will be in our capable hands. However, it’s still good to know how you should act in case something goes wrong. We’ll be happy to give you a couple of tips on what to do in case of an emergency.

A Major Orthodontic Emergency

When it comes to orthodontic emergencies, only a few of them are truly major. The major ones include:

  • Trauma or injury to the teeth, mouth, or face


  • Infection or swelling of the gums, mouth, or face


  • Severe and unmanageable pain to the mouth or face

If your child finds his or herself in any of these situations, please seek help as soon as possible. Go to an emergency room if you feel like that’s the best option. However, you’ll usually want to start by going to the dentist. At Yummy Dental, we’re trained to handle a wide variety of dental problems and we can almost certainly provide you with the diagnostic tools, anesthetics, and treatments that would be needed to remedy your situation.

For Minor Dental Troubles

Fortunately, most orthodontic problems that occur are minor – though that doesn’t mean that they won’t cause any discomfort or irritation. Your best plan of action in these situations is to try to soothe the area of pain and give us a call to set up an appointment. For a few of the more common orthodontic problems, here are some tips on what you can do to treat them while you’re at home.

Loose or Broken Brackets, Bands, or Wires

This can usually be caused by playing with the braces or eating foods that are hard or sticky. If the bracket or band is still attached to the wire, keep it the way it is – just don’t attach any elastics or rubber bands to it. You can apply some wax to the metal parts of the braces that are causing irritations in order to lessen the discomfort. If any of the parts come off, save them and call our office to let us know what happened. Make sure to save all of the loose parts and bring them with you to the appointment.

Misplaced or Poking Archwire, Brackets, or Ties

When the teeth start to move, the archwire may start to poke near the back of the mouth and irritate the cheeks. In this situation, you can try moving the wire into a better position with either a Q-Tip or a pencil eraser. If the wire won’t move, you can try to cut the end off with a nail clipper that’s been sterilized in alcohol – just make sure to give us a call for guidance before you try. In some cases, you can use tweezers to gently move a misplaced wire or tie. Your best bet, however, is to give us a call and we’ll schedule a time to fix your problem.

General Tooth Pain or Loosening

It may seem to be a cause for alarm if a tooth feels like it’s loosening during your orthodontic treatment. Don’t panic though – this is normal and just shows that they’re moving! However, sometimes this movement can be accompanied by soreness or discomfort, especially after the braces are placed or adjusted. To help soothe the pain, we recommend the following:

  • Take an over-the-counter pain reliever.
  • Place a warm washcloth or heating pad on the outside of the jaw.
  • Use a twice-a-day salt water rinse. To make this, mix one teaspoon of salt in an 8-ounce glass of water and then rinse for 30 seconds.

Contact Your Chicago and Glenview Kids’ Orthodontist Today!

If you would like to set up an appointment for you or your child, we encourage you to fill out our appointment request form or give us a call. You can reach us at (773) 281-8100 for our Chicago office or (847) 729-4700 for our Glenview office. If you have any other questions, please feel free to contact us. We’re more than glad to help you with any of your concerns. We look forward to making your orthodontic treatment go as smoothly as possible!