Emergency Orthodontist in Jacksonville, FL

True orthodontic emergencies are very rare, but when they do occur, our orthodontists in St. Johns and Jacksonville, FL are available to you. As a general rule, you should call the office for an emergency pediatric orthodontist when you experience severe pain or when you have a painful appliance problem that you can't take care of yourself. We'll be able to schedule an appointment to resolve the problem.

You might be surprised to learn that you may be able to temporarily solve many problems yourself until your scheduled appointment with our orthodontist. When working with your appliances, you need to know the names of the parts of your orthodontic appliances so you are able to identify what part is broken or out of place. After alleviating your discomfort, it is very important that you still call our othodontist in St. Johns or Jacksonville as soon as possible to schedule a time to repair the problem. Allowing your appliance to remain damaged for an extended period of time may result in disruptions in your two phase treatment plan.

Emergency Orthodontist | Common Problems

General Soreness

emergency pediatric dentistWhen you get your braces on, you may feel general soreness in your mouth and teeth may be tender to biting pressures for three to five days. This can be relieved by rinsing your mouth with a warm saltwater mouthwash. Dissolve one teaspoonful of salt in 8 ounces of warm water, and rinse your mouth vigorously. Placing Orabase on the affected area may help; this can be found in a pharmacy. If the tenderness is severe, take aspirin or whatever you normally take for headache or similar pain.

The lips, cheeks and tongue may also become irritated for one to two weeks as they toughen and become accustomed to the surface of the braces. You can put wax on the braces to lessen this. We'll show you how!


orthodontic dentist St. Johns | HeadgearSometimes headgear discomfort is caused by not wearing the headgear as instructed by your dentist. Please refer to the instructions provided by your dentist. If the facebow is bent, please call our office for assistance. Surprisingly, the headgear may hurt less as it's worn more, so be sure you're getting in the prescribed 14 hours per day.

Loose Appliance

emergency orthodontic dentist St. JohnsIf your appliance is poking you, place wax on the offending part of your appliance.

Loose Bracket

Loose orthodontic bracketIf your bracket or band is still attached to the wire, you should leave it in place and put wax on it. If the wire comes out entirely, wrap the bracket with a tissue.

Loose Wire

Loose wire and orthodontic dentist JacksonvilleUsing a tweezer, try to put your wire back into place. If doing this and using wax doesn't help, as a last resort use a small fingernail clipper to clip the wire behind the last tooth to which it is securely fastened. If your discomfort continues, place wax on it.

Poking Wire

poking wire in braces emergencyUsing a pencil eraser, push the poking wire down or place wax on it to alleviate the discomfort.


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