You Can Contact Our Billings Office 24/7
An orthodontic emergency is a rare event, but the Brewer Dental Center
team is here when you need us. We answer the phone 24 hours a day, 7 days
a week. Contact us immediately if you or someone in your family needs
Events like loose brackets and poking wires need to be fixed as soon as
possible, but don’t panic if you can’t see your orthodontist
for a few days. So long as the situation is treated within a week there
should not be any serious damage or impact on your treatment.
What is an Orthodontic Emergency?
True orthodontic emergencies could be considered rare, but occasionally
minor problems can cause minor discomfort. As a general rule you should
call the office when you experience severe pain or when you have a painful
appliance problem that you can't take care of by yourself. We will
be glad to help you schedule an appointment to resolve the problem as
soon as possible.
In the event that an emergency occurs at night or over the weekend, you
can call the office and you will be directed to an answering service that
will put you in contact with one of our staff members. Sometimes visiting
the office to take care of your emergency can be challenging or impossible.
You might be surprised to learn that you may be able to temporarily solve
many problems yourself until you can make it to the office.
The following are some signs that you need immediate treatment:
- Serious injuries to the face or mouth
- Gums, mouth, or face start swelling
- Severe discomfort or pain in the mouth.
Some minor emergencies that should be treated within a few days include:
- Loose wires, brackets, or bands
- A piece of the appliance is poking the inside of the mouth
- Unusual tooth aches and pains
- Loose teeth
The most common cause of orthodontic emergencies are injuries to the face
and neglecting appliance maintenance. Be sure to listen closely to the
doctor’s instructions on how to care for your braces or appliance—have
them write it down if necessary. If you play sports or have an active
lifestyle, it is important to wear mouth guards to protect the appliance
in case of an accident.
Call (406) 412-6365 if you or someone in your family is in need of emergency
orthodontic care in Billings.