How do I deal with orthodontic emergencies?

The good news that there are few true orthodontic emergencies. It is normal for the teeth to be sore after the bonding of the fixed appliances and after adjustments but thankfully, a soft diet and/or over-the-counter analgesics (Tylenol or Advil) as prescribed help to relieve the discomfort. Il the wire of the braces poke the cheeks, patients may use orthodontic wax to relieve the irritation. Please see the Handling Orthodontic Emergencies document from the American Association of Orthodontistes on our Orthodontic Emergencies page.

For emergencies that require immediate attention, please call your dentist or the Ottawa Dental Society Emergency phone number: 613.523.4185.