Emergency Care

The unexpected happens occasionally. When it does, being prepared can make all the difference. Knowing what to expect can help you act quickly and efficiently, and reduce your stress so you can think clearly. At Roy Orthodontics, we are here for you whenever you need us. Here, we will discuss common dental and orthodontic emergencies, and how to handle them. Understanding emergency care is the first step to taking control of the situation.

Dental Emergencies vs Orthodontic Emergencies

Before exploring common scenarios, we will distinguish between dental emergencies and orthodontic emergencies. It is important to know the difference, because emergencies are time-sensitive. If you are experiencing a dental emergency, a general dentist will have more appropriate resources and materials than an orthodontist. The adverse is true for an orthodontic emergency. Dental emergencies include:

  • Knocked-out teeth
  • Fractured teeth
  • Soft tissue lacerations
  • Direct blunt force trauma to the face or mouth
  • Swelling of the gums, tongue, or surrounding tissues
  • Dental abscesses or infections
  • Broken jaws

If you have experienced any of the above, seek professional attention immediately. Call your general dentist for recommendations if it is during regular business hours. If it is after office hours, drive to your nearest emergency room.

Orthodontic emergencies are rare. However, these would be categorized by any situation in which your oral appliance is causing severe and chronic pain.

Handling Orthodontic Problems at Home

Many common orthodontic problems can be easily treated at home. Here, we will discuss how to address some of the most frequent issues our patients experience:

  • General soreness: Slight discomfort is typical after having your braces put on or adjusted. This is only temporary, and will diminish within a day or two. In the meantime, tenderness can be addressed by taking over-the-counter pain medication, such as acetaminophen, ibuprofen, or naproxen.
  • Mobility: Some patients are quite shocked to find that their teeth are loose after beginning orthodontic treatment. This is actually a normal part of the treatment process, as the teeth must loosen slightly before they can be moved. Once your teeth are in their new positions, they will become stable again.
  • Loose or broken brackets: You will probably experience one or two broken brackets while undergoing treatment. This happens occasionally. If the bracket has come loose, but it is still attached to the archwire, simply place a piece of orthodontic wax over it until your next appointment. If the bracket has come off, wrap it in a tissue and bring it with you to your next visit. To minimize broken brackets, be sure to avoid hard, crunchy, and sticky foods.
  • Poking wire: If you notice that a wire is irritating the inside of your lips or cheeks, you can gently bend the wire with a blunt object, such as a Q-tip or a pencil eraser. If it is still poking you, call our office to schedule an appointment. In the meantime, you can place orthodontic wax over the sharp area to alleviate your discomfort.

Even if you successfully address the above issues at home, it is still important to call our office and schedule an appointment at your earliest convenience. Broken or bent components can prolong your orthodontic treatment if not addressed. If you are unsure whether or not you are experiencing an orthodontic emergency, give us a call.

Contact Us to Learn More

To learn more about emergency care from our staff at Roy Orthodontics, reach out to a team member. You can contact us online anytime, or call us in Virginia Beach or Chesapeake.

Dr. Carl Roy Meet Dr Roy
My sincere thanks to Dr. Roy and his team for showing me the way! My baby teeth had to be crowned for years since 2 of my adult teeth never came in. This was just one piece of the puzzle that needed figuring out. I’m proud of my smile and it shows every time I meet someone!Liz

Roy Orthodontics Locations

Virginia Beach Location

4388 Holland Rd
Ste. 200
Virginia Beach, VA 23452
(757) 471-2900  

Chesapeake Location

684 Battlefield Blvd. N
Ste. B
Chesapeake, VA 23320
(757) 549-1115

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Kathy Knopp
Kathy Knopp
00:56 10 May 18
Great orthodontist with great results. I know I can be frustrating to deal with but Dr Roy hung in there. Thank you Dr Roy
Sherrilyn Olds-Cage
Sherrilyn Olds-Cage
11:13 09 May 18
My teenage daughter and I are in treatment. We love the care and the progress we are receiving from Dr. Roy. Everyone there is kind and knowledgeable. They are going far beyond the expected to give us top-knotch service.
gabrielle hopkins
gabrielle hopkins
16:25 08 May 18
Dr. Roy and his team has been nothing short of a blessing to me. I was stationed in Virginia four years ago, I came to Dr. Roy with braces from another Orthodontist, instead of pushing me away like most doctors due to not wanting to finish another's work he was more than welcoming. Due to after care with retainers I wasnt as diligent as I should to wear them often Dr. Roy and staff always made me feel wanted and warm to start the process over. Many days I didn't want to smile, his team always brought cheer. I was actually refereed to him by someone else and I shared the candor and referred someone also. I said to myself " does anyone here have a bad day, everyone is literally always smiling". It saddens me a bit to have my braces off because I wont see their smiling faces monthly. But, if you want fair over the top treatment, Dr. Roy and staff will ensure 5 star treatment. They are truly a blessing, I wish I could give more than 5 stars.
Colman Elis
Colman Elis
13:59 02 May 18
They were always super friendly and they always knew who you were when you walked in. Everytime I was there they were fast and I'm very happy with the outcome of my teeth.
Jorene Delacruz
Jorene Delacruz
15:07 27 Mar 18
Dr. Roy & his staff are more than wonderful. I would recommend this practice 10x if I could. They are amazing at what they do, especially Dr. Roy for understanding my past situation with my teeth. I’m so grateful & happy to have been a patient here for many years. The staff knows what they’re doing and is always so nice. I can’t thank you guys enough for dealing with my crazy teeth!
Tanya Barclift
Tanya Barclift
02:49 28 Feb 18
My son was need of palate expanders and braces and Dr. Roy and his staff have been such a blessing to us! He was only 8 years of age when this was all needed and they treated him with such professionalism and ease! Dr. Roy has such a love and compassion for his patients and families! What could have been a nightmare for my son was actually the exact opposite because of his expertise in this field. Karen, Sandy and the whole office staff is amazing!!! I would highly recommend this practice who is need of their services! Thank you Dr. Roy and staff for helping our son! May God continue to bless your wonderful practice and employees!!
04:50 24 Feb 18
Everyone was so welcoming and polite. They made me very comfortable which made me want to keep coming back. I love how they put their patients first, and they do everything they can to make sure their patients’ teeth are perfect👌🏾.
Jay Wang
Jay Wang
22:04 01 Feb 18
Dr. Roy and his team took great care of my son’s teeth. They are efficient, professional and knowledgeable. Everyone has been friendly and helpful. They fixed my niece’s braces for free during her visit!
Samantha Simmons-Conaway
Samantha Simmons-Conaway
16:09 09 Jan 18
Wonderful staff. Everything was always explained thoroughly and I felt comfortableAs an older adult I had lots of trepidation about doing braces but they made process clear and I always looked forward to my visitsHighly recommend this practice. Special kudos to Tracy who is a wonderful tech and a great person
Heather Ham
Heather Ham
16:41 15 Dec 17
Dr Roy and his staff have provided Orthodontic care for both of my children. The best thing I can say about Dr Roy is he always puts the needs of the child and their long term orthodontic care first. It isn’t just about putting braces on your kids to have straight teeth for pictures it is about treating them at the appropriate age so that the care they receive is appropriate and will last them into adulthood and more importantly won’t have to be repeated when they finish growing. As a parent it was so refreshing to deal with a practice as practical and professional as Roy Orthodontics. I recommend them to anyone seeking orthodontics for their children.
Sheila Field
Sheila Field
17:12 04 Dec 17
I am thrilled with my results from Roy Orthodontics. I am happy to say that my jaw is pain free for the first time in years. My joint popped, cracked and hurt after I had braces as a teenager. Now, I not only look good but I feel good too. Thank you Dr. Roy and your amazing staff for investing your time in being the best. This team of experts will certainly give you a reason to smile!
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