Orthodontic Emergencies

If a problem arises, please don’t hesitate to call us.



The good news is that most orthodontic mishaps are not urgent, and much can be done at home to alleviate problems or discomfort. If a problem arises, please don’t hesitate to call us at 218-236-1322 or 1-888-571-1322. In the event of an emergency involving orofacial trauma (such as might occur in a fall or sports injury), please seek medical attention immediately, and then give us a call.

If you have broken or lost an appliance, please call us so that we can schedule an appointment to take an impression for a new device. We will notify you of applicable fees for replacement appliances over the phone at the time of scheduling.

If you have broken, loose or poking parts of your braces, there are many things that you can do at home to help, or even correct the problem entirely. Please watch the following video to better understand the different parts of your braces. Better understanding the anatomy of your braces will help you both to find immediate solutions and to explain the problem to us when you call.

Overall oral discomfort due to shifting teeth

In the course of your treatment, you will have some days with more discomfort than others. There are a few things that you can do to get some relief. For starters, try an over-the-counter pain reliever such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen prior to your first two appointments, prior to getting separators (spacers) placed, or as needed after an appointment. Please be sure to follow the instructions on the bottle carefully. Secondly, try chewing sugarless gum or the bite wafer (sometimes called a “chew toy”) that we included in the bag we sent home with you the day you got your braces on. This helps relieve discomfort by reducing inflammation around the teeth. Next, you may use a topical anesthetic such as Orabase. Follow instructions on the box or tube. Above all, at the times when pressure on your moving teeth is the most intense, please be gentle with your teeth and with yourself. Eat soft foods cut into small pieces, and drink soothing warm beverages. Know that you will be more comfortable soon, as your teeth find their new positions.

Emergency prevention

As we all know, prevention is always better than having to solve a problem at all, so please take this opportunity to learn how to avoid orthodontic mishaps: