Orthodontic emergencies.Accidents happen, and there’s always a possibility that an emergency can occur during an orthodontic treatment. It’s important to mention this to you because we don’t want you to worry or panic in these situations – you just need to know the appropriate actions to take. We want to make sure that you know how to respond in the case of an emergency with your braces.

If you do need to visit one of our offices, visit our Contact Us page to find appropriate information from your office. 

In Case of an Emergency

If an orthodontic emergency is to occur, such as your appliances breaking, please call our office as soon as possible. We’ll schedule the soonest available time for you so that we can take care of your problem. Even if you have a regular appointment scheduled in the immediate future, please inform us of your orthodontic emergency beforehand so that we’ll be prepared to fix your appliance. Below you’ll find links to each of our locations:

Niagara Falls
St. Catharines

Loose Brackets or Bands on Your Braces

If one of the brackets or wires on your braces are loosened, please give your orthodontist a call immediately as it may need to be re-fitted as soon as possible. You may even have a situation that requires cutting a wire or sliding a bracket off a wire. If our office is closed and you need a quick fix solution, you may use fingernail clippers that have been washed and sterilized in alcohol. Please make sure to call our office on the next business day so that we can schedule an appointment for you as soon as we can.

Wire Irritations

Sometimes if you’re having any discomfort that’s caused by a wire on your braces, you can actually just move the wire away from the irritated area by using an object like a cotton swab or an eraser. If the wire won’t move though, try covering the end of it with a small piece of cotton or a little orthodontic wax. If the wire is providing too much discomfort, you can cut it with nail clippers or scissors that have been first washed and sterilized in alcohol. If you can’t resolve this issue, please call our office so we can schedule you an appointment with your orthodontist.

Lost Separators

Losing a separator isn’t uncommon at all – most patients will actually end up losing one. The purpose of a separator is to create space between the teeth; when the separator becomes loose and falls out, it just means that the separator has done its job. Don’t worry if you lose one – just make sure to call Dr. Pershad to see if replacement is necessary.

General Tooth Pain or Loosening

If your teeth start to become slightly loosened during your orthodontic treatment – don’t worry; there’s no need to panic! This is perfectly normal and just shows that your teeth are moving toward their intended positions. However, during this process, you may sometimes feel some tenderness or discomfort. If this is to occur, we recommend:

  • Taking an over-the-counter pain reliever.
  • Rinsing with a salt water mix (one teaspoon of salt in an eight-ounce glass) twice-a-day.
  • Placing a heating pad or warm washcloth on the area of the soreness.

Contact Your Local Ontario Orthodontist Today!

If you find yourself experiencing an orthodontic emergency and you’re not sure what to do, please give us a call as soon as possible. You can reach us at (905) 935-0644 for our St Catharines office, (905) 357-9211 for our Niagara Falls office, (905) 935-0644 for our Beamsville office, and (905) 892-2200 for our Fonthill office. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.