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Orthodontic Emergencies

Orthodontic emergencies are rare. You may experience some minor problems, but true emergencies are uncommon. If you have a true orthodontic emergency, call Rappahannock Orthodontics as soon as possible. If needed, we will see you in one of our offices in Stafford or Fredericksburg. Read on to find out what constitutes an orthodontic emergency.
Emergency Orthodontic Services - Fredericksburg, VA

Is this an emergency?

There are only a few reasons to seek emergency orthodontic assistance.

  • Injury to your face, mouth, or teeth
  • Infection or significant swelling of your face, mouth, or gums
  • Severe pain in the face, mouth, or gums*

*Please note that you may have minor discomfort with your braces. Intolerable pain is an emergency.

In an emergency, go directly to the emergency room. If you aren’t sure, call your regular dentist for advice.

Minor Problems That May Occur With Braces

  1. Broken bracket, loose wire or band
    1. This may occur after eating hard or sticky foods
    2. If the bracket is still attached to the wire, do not attach elastics. Leave it alone and use wax if it is irritating the inside of your cheek. If it has come off, save it. Call our office, and we will schedule a visit to fix the bracket or band.
  2. Wire poking
    1. As your teeth move, the wire that connects the brackets may irritate your cheeks.
    2. Call our office for guidance
    3. Cover the area with wax until you can speak with us
  3. Tooth pain
    1. Your teeth may feel tender as your teeth move
    2. Over-the-counter pain relievers may help
    3. Try a salt water rinse
    4. Try a warm washcloth or heating pad on low

Do you have more questions?

“Great practice, staff is great. Very pleased with all the orthodontic work I had done. Highly recommend this practice.”
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Please call us at 540-371-2611 with any questions.
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3D iTero Scan

Using the iTero 3D scanner, we can take accurate impressions of your teeth and gums digitally. No more putty! These impressions can be sent to Align Technology to customize your Invisalign aligners.
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3D Printer

Our 3D printing technology creates the perfect aligners that match your needs. This allows us to help you achieve your optimal smile!  
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Digital X-rays

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Fredericksburg Location

Rappahannock Orthodontics
408 Chatham Square Office Park
Fredericksburg, VA 22405

Stafford Location

Rappahannock Orthodontics
35 Walpole St #203
Stafford, VA 22554

Business Hours

Monday - Thursday

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Closed for lunch daily
from 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Hours alternate every other week with our other office. This schedule is subject to change. Please call with any questions.