Orthodontics Services

Orthodontic Emergency in Richmond

Richmond Emergency Orthodontist

We sure wish these wouldn’t happen, but an orthodontic emergency can occur during your treatment. Some cases require urgent care from a professional. You should learn to identify signs that show you need additional help to deal with your current or ongoing complications.

Richmond Orthodontic treatment aims to reposition your teeth and jaws, so any patient seeking this type of treatment should expect a degree of discomfort. That being said, you may run into very uncomfortable situations while wearing appliances like braces. Many such cases can wait even a couple of days before an orthodontist, like Dr. Laurie Estes, can take a look and correct the problem.

You can find our office here at 591 San Pablo Ave. Albany. During an emergency, you should consider visiting the nearest care center available to you. Still, patients undergoing treatment with us here in Albany, and patients from neighboring cities like Richmond, are always welcome.

Professional Help or DIY at Home?

You can easily remedy some situations at home with a quick McGyver solution (is that reference too old now?), but other cases need professional intervention.

You can try simple things like using a pair of tweezers of a cotton swab to relocate a protruding wire from your braces to avoid irritation. Likewise, a loose bracket can probably wait a day or two before your orthodontist bonds it back in place. Take a quick look at these common situations that may seem like an emergency but are not.

  • Loose Brackets or Wire. Maybe you were eating popcorn (we are not judging you, but please remember to avoid crunchy or hard foods during your treatment), and you felt one of your brackets come off. Or you woke up to an uncomfortable sensation in your mouth of something poking your cheeks. Either of those situations can be alarming, but you should be fine by contacting your orthodontist and scheduling a visit to fix the issue.
  • Irritations and General Soreness. After getting your traditional braces installed, it is normal to feel a degree of tenderness to the bite. Your braces are moving your teeth from one position to another. It is only natural that you feel your teeth a bit loose and a little soreness when you bite on food. Your lips and cheeks may also get irritated at first. Try rinsing your mouth with warm saltwater and applying some relief wax on the braces to avoid further irritation.

Know When to Call Your Emergency Orthodontist in Richmond

We remind patients that they should expect some discomfort during the initial stages of their treatment. However, you should immediately contact your orthodontist if you have been feeling pain you can’t manage by any means. Prolonged, excruciating pain requires immediate professional help.

We also recommend patients seek professional help if they suffered some level of trauma that puts their teeth at risk. If you were doing any physical activity and suffered trauma directly to your teeth, contact a professional to receive help.

Finally, if you feel some pain and notice your face swelling, contact your orthodontist for guidance. This type of swelling can result from an infection or an abscess that puts your mouth and health at risk.

Get the Help From Our Richmond Emergency Orthodontist

The team at Estes Orthodontics will be happy to help with any of your orthodontic emergencies. Make sure you give us a call at 510-525-1772. You can click right here to get directions from your current location.

If you are afraid you had a severe accident, contact emergency services and let us know after you receive primary emergency care. Don’t hesitate about calling and getting the help you need when you need it the most.


Some situations can be quite alarming but are not necessarily emergencies. In other cases, you do want to contact your orthodontist right away. Get in touch with your orthodontist if you have severe pain in your mouth or jaw area, swollen and infected gums, or suffered considerable trauma to your mouth and are worried you might lose a tooth.

You should get professional help as soon as possible if you are experiencing an orthodontic emergency. If you have minor issues like a wire or bracket popping off, you could just tuck it away and contact your orthodontist at a later, more convenient time.

No. It sure is an inconvenience, but your mouth and teeth are not at immediate risk if your bracket gets loose. Try not to lose the bracket and let your orthodontist know to get a repair next time you go to their office.

A broken bracket can be alarming, but it’s not an emergency because your dental health is not at risk. Make sure there is no debris left in your mouth and that the archwire remains in place. Let your orthodontist know and calmly schedule a visit to their office for a replacement.

A permanent retainer can degrade in one of two ways. Either the bonding material gave away, or the wire broke. You’ll want to get a replacement as soon as possible to avoid increasing the risk of losing your hard-earned results after some orthodontic treatment. Still, the broken permanent retainer is not a dental-health threatening situation.