Emergency Treatment

Prompt, Compassionate Care
When You Need It Most
At Vista Orthodontics, we understand that orthodontic emergencies can happen at any time, and we’re here to provide you with the support and care you need during these times. While true orthodontic emergencies are rare, our team is prepared to address severe pain or appliance issues that you cannot manage on your own. Our priority is your comfort and safety.

Identifying an Orthodontic Emergency

An orthodontic emergency may include severe pain, significant discomfort, or a broken appliance that you cannot temporarily fix. If you experience any of these issues, it’s important to contact us immediately. We will schedule an appointment to address the problem as soon as possible.

Common Issues and How to Temporarily Solve Them

Many orthodontic concerns can be temporarily alleviated at home until you can visit our office. Here are some tips for handling common issues:

Loose or Broken Brackets, Bands, or Wires

If any part of your braces comes loose or breaks, try to keep the piece safe and bring it to your next appointment. If a wire is causing irritation, use a pencil eraser to gently push it flat against the tooth or cover it with orthodontic wax.

Discomfort from Braces or Appliances

It's normal to experience some soreness after braces are placed or adjusted. Rinse your mouth with warm saltwater or take over-the-counter pain relievers as needed. Soft foods will also help alleviate discomfort.

Poking Wire

If a wire is poking your cheek, tongue, or gum, use the eraser end of a pencil to push the wire away from the irritated area. Applying orthodontic wax over the wire can also help prevent further discomfort.

Dealing with Loose Appliances

If you have a loose appliance that is causing irritation but is not causing severe pain, you can often use orthodontic wax to cover the irritating part. This solution can provide temporary relief until your appointment.

Fixed vs. Removable Appliances

Whether your emergency involves a fixed appliance (like braces) or a removable one (like Invisalign aligners), the approach to managing discomfort or damage is slightly different. For removable appliances, ensure they are stored safely when not in use and avoid exposing them to extreme temperatures. For fixed appliances, follow the tips above and avoid eating hard or sticky foods that could cause further damage.

When to Contact Vista Orthodontics

If you’re unsure whether your situation is an emergency, it’s always best to err on the side of caution and contact us. Our team can advise you on the best course of action and provide instructions for immediate relief. Remember, addressing orthodontic issues promptly can help keep your treatment on track and prevent minor problems from becoming major concerns.

Schedule Your Emergency Appointment

If you or your child is experiencing an orthodontic emergency in Estero, Naples, West Palm Beach, Royal Palm Beach, Pompano Beach, or Coconut Creek, don’t hesitate to reach out to Vista Orthodontics. Contact us immediately to schedule an emergency appointment, and let us help you get back to comfort and safety.
Your well-being is our top priority, and we’re committed to providing timely, effective care to address your orthodontic emergencies. Trust Vista Orthodontics to support you through every phase of your orthodontic journey, including those unexpected moments.