5 Items To Have On Hand In Case Of an Orthodontic Emergency

Most of the time, our teeth are strong and durable enough to handle the wear, tear, and activities of our daily lives. However, accidents happen and sometimes things can go awry. Yet, by keeping a few simple items with you at all times, you can be prepared for any orthodontic emergency that comes your way. Keep reading for some advice from Dr. Amir Davoody at Davoody & Hablinski Orthodontics about what items to have on hand in case of an orthodontic emergency.

Safety First

While accidents are sometimes unavoidable, there are a few things you can do to take preventative measures against tooth emergencies. You should be doing things like:

  • Wearing a mouthguard while playing sports
  • Brushing and flossing regularly to keep your teeth and gums healthy
  • Staying away from hard, crunchy, or sticky foods you aren’t supposed to eat while in braces treatment
  • Going to all of your orthodontist and general dentist appointments as scheduled


Preparation is Key

Preparation is the ultimate key to keeping a small orthodontic emergency from escalating into a full-blown disaster. Here are some things you should keep readily available at home, in the car, and while traveling to make sure you’re ready for an orthodontic emergency:

  • Over the Counter Painkiller: Over the counter pain relievers such as Advil, Aleve, and Ibprofuen may be taken to help alleviate any pain or discomfort. Please consult the directions on the back of the bottle or your general practitioner for safe dosage amounts and instructions.  An oral painkiller such as Orajel may prove helpful as well.
  • Orthodontic Wax: Your orthodontist’s office gives you wax for a reason! You can use this wax to cover a bracket or hook that’s rubbing or causing any discomfort. Don’t be stingy with it! And never hesitate to ask your orthodontist for more wax if you run out. Additionally, if something is out of whack, you can cover it with wax until you can get to your orthodontist’s office to have them take a look.
  • Nail Clippers: If you have a wire that is poking you and you need immediate relief, sometimes wires can be clipped using nail clippers with the help of a parent or trusted adult. DO NOT ATTEMPT THIS WITHOUT SPEAKING TO YOUR ORTHODONTIST’S OFFICE FIRST. Your office should have an emergency number to call, and they can talk you through how to do this safely.
  • Floss: If something uncomfortable gets wedged in between your teeth, floss can usually set it free. Don’t forget to use your floss threaders to help make flossing with braces easier!
  • Your Orthodontist’s Contact Info: Be sure to contact your orthodontist’s office if any orthodontic emergency strikes. They can often see you that day, if necessary, or if you’re out of town, they can give you professional advice and perhaps even get you in contact with a local Orthodontist in your temporary location.

If you take measures to keep your mouth safe and have an emergency kit on hand, you should be able to combat most orthodontic emergencies! As always, never hesitate to contact our office if you find yourself with an orthodontic emergency. We are here to help!