Emergencies For St. Catharine’s Orthodontist Patients

Whether you are receiving braces or  clear aligners treatment, your St. Catharine’s orthodontist understands that accidents may happen. There is always the chance that an emergency may arise during your orthodontic treatment. However, Dr. Pershad doesn’t want you to worry or panic in these situations – you just need to understand the appropriate actions to take. We want to make sure that you know how to react in the case of an emergency.

Orthodontic Emergencies

If an orthodontic emergency occurs, such as your brackets, wires, or aligners breaking, please call our Niagra Falls, Beamsville, Fonthill or St. Catharine orthodontist office as soon as possible. We’ll schedule you for the first available time so that we can take care of your problem. Even if you have a routine appointment scheduled in the near future, please let us know of your orthodontic emergency beforehand so that we’ll be prepared to fix your appliance.

Loose Brackets Or Bands On Your Braces

If one of the brackets or wires on your braces becomes loose, please give your St. Catharine’s 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 to clip the offending wire. Please make sure to call our office on the next business day so that we can schedule an appointment for you as soon as possible.

Wire Irritations

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

Lost Separators

It’s not unusual to lose a separator sometime during your orthodontic treatment. Most of our St. Catharine’s patients actually end up doing so. 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 and moved your teeth. Don’t worry if you lose one – just make sure to call Dr. Pershad to see if replacement is necessary.

General Tooth Pain Or Loose Teeth

Don’t worry if you find your teeth feel like they are slightly loose during your orthodontic treatment. The job of braces treatment and clear aligners is to move your teeth and slightly loose teeth just prove that these appliances are doing their job. If, however, you find yourself in too much discomfort as your teeth are moving into position creating your perfect smile, the skilled staff at Niagra Orthodontics office recommends:

  • Taking an over-the-counter pain reliever.
  • Rinsing with a saltwater 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 St. Catharine’s Orthodontist Today!

Following Dr. Pershad’s instructions for caring for your braces or clear aligners including avoiding certain foods with braces can help you avoid any potential orthodontic emergencies. However, we are here for you if you do find yourself experiencing an emergency and you’re not sure what to do. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions. Give us a call as soon as possible at any of our most convenient office locations:

  • St Catharine orthodontic office - (905) 935-0644
  • Niagara Falls orthodontic office - (905) 357-9211
  • Beamsville orthodontic office - (905) 935-0644
  • Fonthill orthodontic office - (905) 892-2200 for

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