Ortho Emergencies

Ortho Emergencies

An ortho emergency is an unforeseen situation in orthodontic care that demands immediate attention and intervention. Ortho emergencies can encompass issues such as broken or loose brackets, poking wires causing irritation, lost or damaged retainers affecting treatment results, severe pain or discomfort, signs of swelling or infection, and trauma to the face or mouth.

Whether due to external trauma, appliance damage, or sudden changes in oral health, ortho emergencies necessitate swift action to mitigate discomfort, prevent further complications, and ensure the continuity of effective orthodontic treatment. Patients are typically advised to contact our orthodontist at Williams & Hamman Orthodontics for guidance and, if needed, to schedule an emergency appointment for resolution in the event of an ortho emergency. 

Types of Ortho Emergencies 

Broken or Loose Brackets

The brackets attached to the teeth may break or become loose due to external trauma or biting on hard foods. This can cause discomfort and may require prompt repair. 

Poking Wires

Wires used in braces or other orthodontic appliances may shift or poke out, irritating the cheeks, lips, or tongue. This situation needs immediate attention to prevent further discomfort. 

Lost or Broken Retainers

Retainers are essential for maintaining the results of orthodontic treatment. If a retainer is lost or broken, this can impact the alignment of teeth, and replacement or repair may be necessary. 

Severe Pain or Discomfort

While some discomfort is expected during orthodontic adjustments, severe or persistent pain may indicate an issue that requires immediate attention.

Swelling or Infection

Swelling, redness, or signs of infection around the gums, braces, or other orthodontic appliances may indicate a more serious issue that requires urgent assessment.

Trauma to the Face or Mouth

Accidents or injuries to the face or mouth can affect orthodontic appliances or cause damage to the teeth. Immediate evaluation is necessary to address both orthodontic and dental concerns.

The Benefits of Timely Visits to the Orthodontist

Immediate Intervention

Our orthodontists in Olive Branch, MS, are trained to handle a range of ortho emergencies, including broken brackets, poking wires, or other issues that may cause discomfort or impact the effectiveness of treatment. Visiting our orthodontists ensures swift and appropriate intervention. 

Prevention of Complications

Timely attention to ortho emergencies in Southaven, MS, helps prevent complications and further damage. Addressing issues promptly can prevent discomfort from worsening, mitigate the risk of infection, and avoid potential setbacks in the overall treatment plan. 

Customized Solutions

Our orthodontists in Southaven, MS, can provide personalized solutions based on the specific emergency and the patient's orthodontic treatment plan. This may include repairs, adjustments, or replacements tailored to the individual's needs. 

Visiting our orthodontists for ortho emergencies aligns with a proactive approach to oral health, ensuring that unexpected challenges are managed effectively to contribute to the successful outcome of orthodontic treatment. For more information, visit Williams & Hamman Orthodontics at 399 Southcrest Ct., Suite B, Southaven, MS 38671, or 5036 Goodman Rd. #118, Olive Branch, MS 38654. You can schedule an appointment online or call us at (662) 349-2196 or (662) 892-8489.


399 Southcrest Ct Suite B, Southaven, MS 38671

Phone: (662) 349-2196

Email: nathanrhamman@gmail.com

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5036 Goodman Rd. #118, Olive Branch, MS 38654

Phone: (662) 892-8489

Email: nathanrhamman@gmail.com

  • MON8:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • TUE8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • WEDBy appointments only
  • THU8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • FRIBy appointments only
  • SAT - SUNClosed
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