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Emergency Orthodontic Care


A woman in pain with a hand on her cheek at Senestraro Family Orthodontics.True orthodontic emergencies are very rare. However, from time to time, emergencies do occur when people are wearing braces or appliances. Some emergencies are more serious than others. How can you tell? Senestraro Family Orthodontics would love to give you information on what to do in case of an emergency. In almost all cases, you can easily make yourself or your child comfortable and call during business hours to make an appoinmtment to come in at your concvenience. In some cases you need to give us a call right away.

The Guide to Handling Orthodontic Emergencies will help you manage most issues with your braces. Please use youtube to help you get comfortable if something breaks. There are excellent videos on just about every orthodontic emergency subject imaginable. Youtube videos are especially helpful for issues with your Forsus springs.

What Is An Orthodontic Emergency?


Emergencies can happen at any time, even when you are sporting an orthodontic appliance. We consider any incident with your orthodonture that is causing you pain or is interfering with your treatment plan is an orthodontic emergency. Orthodontic emergencies can come in several different categories. You may have a broken wire, especially when that wire is poking into your cheek or gums.

Sometimes, you may break a bracket, which can also lead to pain. You might have bands that are loose, which may delay your treatment time. If you have braces or other appliances, and you are suddenly experiencing oral pain or an allergic reaction to your appliance, you need to have us take a look at you. You might also lose spacers or your headgear.

A Word of Warning


If you are experiencing an orthodontic emergency, you need to come in and see us rather than trying to handle things on your own. We would rather you come on in and let us have a look at what is bothering you, rather than having you wait around. Please come in to see us if you have had trauma to your mouth due to an accident or an injury that may affect your appliances or braces. If it is a serious emergency - such as if you or your child has swallowed a piece of your appliance - don't wait for us. Call 911.



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Procedure for Getting to Emergency Orthodontic Care


If you think you might need orthodontic care, you need to call first. We can get you scheduled for an orthodontic emergency, usually within hours. We may be able to recommend things you can do to lessen your pain while you wait for care, like giving you wax to put on a broken bracket or a broken wire.

When you come in, we will repair or replace your broken piece of braces or a broken appliance. If you are worried that replacing or fixing your broken appliance is going to add time to your treatment, we will be glad to talk to you about it. When your emergency treatment is over, we may give you instructions for caring for your braces or appliance. Be sure that you avoid chewy foods such as soft candies and hard foods such as ice. Also, you need to be sure that you are wearing mouthguards if you are playing a sport to protect your braces or appliances. Be sure that you come and see us for every appointment, so we can check your appliances and braces.

If you have questions about emergency orthodontic care, why not give Senestraro Family Orthodontics a call at (503) 694-9636?

If you have an after hours or weekend emergency Dr. Seth can be reached on his personal cell 707-407-7050.

PLEASE ONLY USE THIS LINE FOR TRUE EMERGENCIES, YOU CAN USE THE GUIDE ABOVE AND YOUTUBE VIDEOS TO COMFORTABLE UNTIL YOU CAN MAKE IT IN FOR A COMFORT APPOINTMENT IN ALMOST ALL CASES. IF YOU HAVE FACIAL TRAUMA WITH EXTREMELY WIGGLY TEETH, DISPLACED OR LOST TEETH, SEVERELY BENT WIRES OR BRACKETS STUCK IN GUMS OR LIPS CALL DR. SETH IMMEDIATELY.
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