Emergency Info

Blooming Smiles Treats Orthodontic Emergencies

At Blooming Smiles Children’s Dentistry and Orthodontics, we take pride in offering comprehensive dental care to any Californian in need! With personalized treatment plans and state-of-the-art dental equipment, Dr. Sanjideh and Dr. Golian have created a one-stop-dentistry that can handle all of your dental needs. From preventative pediatric treatment to world-class Invisalign clear aligners, we promise to provide you with the high-quality care you deserve… especially if you’re having a dental or orthodontic emergency!

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Our board-certified dentists and staff know just how frightening a dental emergency can be, and we are here to provide you with the help you need! Accidents involving braces happen all the time, but knowing exactly what to do in the case of an emergency is critical to the overall well-being of your jaw and your teeth. Ignoring any symptoms of pain or discomfort can lead to major dental problems down the road, so it’s imperative we get it addressed!

What To Do In Case Of An Emergency

As a general rule of thumb, call our office as soon as possible if you break or loosen any of your appliances. Please do not come directly to the office – by calling us, we can usually help you immediately resolve your emergency with some instructions and allow us to create a time to see you. Even if you have a regular appointment scheduled, call us immediately to notify us if you need an appliance repaired.

Examples of Common Orthodontic Emergencies

Loose Brackets or Bands

Call our office immediately for advice if a bracket or wire is loosened. The bracket may need to be re-fitted as soon as possible. You may have a situation that requires cutting a wire or sliding a bracket off a wire at night or over the weekend. If you need to cut a wire in case of emergency, you may use fingernail clippers that have been washed and sterilized in alcohol. Please call our office the next business day so we can schedule an appointment for you.

Wire Irritations

Sometimes discomfort caused by a wire on your braces can be resolved by moving the wire away from the irritated area with a cotton swab or eraser. If the wire will not move, try covering the end of it with a small piece of cotton or a small amount of wax. If the wire is painful, you can cut it with nail clippers or scissors that have been washed and sterilized in alcohol. If you cannot resolve the wire irritation, call our office for an appointment.

Lost Separators

Most patients lose a separator during their treatment. Do not worry about losing a separator, but call our office to see if it needs to be replaced.

Discomfort with Orthodontic Treatment

During the first week after your braces are in place and routine adjustments are completed, you will likely feel some pain, soreness or discomfort. You may take acetaminophen or other non-aspirin pain relievers while you adjust to your new braces. A warm washcloth or heating pad may reduce the soreness in your jaws.

Contact Our Office Today!

No matter how small, no orthodontic emergency should be ignored! If you have experienced any problem with your Invisalign or braces, give Blooming Smiles a call - you can reach our Northridge location at (818) 727-1800 and our Woodland Hills location at (818) 932-9100. If you would like to learn more about what orthodontic treatment we can do for you, schedule your first appointment with us today.