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Orthodontic Emergencies — Bethel Park, PA

Fast Care When You Need It Most


An orthodontic emergency can happen in the blink of an eye, leaving adults and children alike struggling with sudden oral pain and worry. Thankfully, Cartwright Orthodontics is here to help. Dr. Cartwright and Dr. Palmer always make time for urgent cases as soon as they possibly can, and our friendly staff members can also provide assistance over the phone if you’re unable to reach our office right away. We have two locations in McMurray, PA and Bethel Park, PA – please  contact the one closest  to you when experiencing an orthodontic emergency.

Why Choose Cartwright Orthodontics for Emergency Dental Care?

  • #1 Compassionate Orthodontist with Well Over 2 Decades of Experience
  • #2 Same-Day Appointments Available for Emergencies
  • #3 Two Convenient Locations

What to Do in a Orthodontic Emergency

Woman with orthodontic emergency in Bethel Park pointing at braces

If you or a loved one experiences an orthodontic emergency, follow these steps right away:

  • Step 1: Call us right away. Call us as soon as you can so we can schedule you for a same-day emergency appointment
  • Step 2: Follow our instructions until you reach us . Over the phone, one of our team members will walk you through how to manage your emergency until you arrive at our office.
  • Step 3: See Dr. Cartwright or Dr. Palmer for an emergency exam . When you arrive, they will see you right away to evaluate your situation and alleviate any serious pain.
  • Step 4: Get the professional care you need . Dr. Cartwright or Dr. Palmer will review their findings with you and how they recommend moving forward. In most cases, we’ll be able to completely address the issue right away, but if needed, we can schedule you for a follow-up appointment.

You should visit our office for any emergency that involves fixing your orthodontic appliance, or any questions you have about treatment. However, if a serious injury occurs that affects your breathing, or there is uncontrollable bleeding, you should head to the nearest emergency room as fast as you can. If you’re unsure, you can also call our office, where one of our friendly team members can give you steps on what to do next.

The Most Common Orthodontic Emergencies

It’s important to understand that if any part of your braces becomes loose or broken, you should book an appointment with our office immediately. Waiting too long to correct your orthodontic appliance can extend your treatment time dramatically. Additionally, if you feel any pain, call our office right away. Soreness and tenderness are completely normal, but we need to treat any severe, persisting discomfort as soon as possible. Here are some of the common situations we see from patients and some helpful tips for what you can do to improve your situation before you arrive at either of our locations:

How to Prevent Orthodontic Emergencies

Happy woman with braces smiles after orthodontic emergency in Bethel Park

While orthodontic emergencies should never be considered 100% avoidable, there are ways for patients to be more conscious and minimize their overall risk of experiencing an emergency situation. Please follow the guidelines below:

  • Do your best to avoid foods that are overly chewy, sticky, hard, or brittle in nature. These items can damage your brackets and warp the wires.
  • Some discomfort is normal after braces have been placed or adjusted, but if you’re still experiencing significant pain after three to five days, contact Cartwright Orthodontics right away.
  • Make sure to protect your braces from harm during athletic events by wearing a mouthguard.
  • Brush and floss thoroughly! It’s easier than ever for small particles of food to get trapped between teeth and cause decay when you’re wearing braces.
  • When flossing, feed the short end of your floss through the space that exists between the main arch wire and the upper part of the tooth. Make sure not to use too much force when flossing near the wire!
  • Consider investing in a brush that is specially designed for cleaning braces, such as a proxabrush. This brush should be inserted from the top of the mouth and then up from the bottom, using several strokes to clean the spaces between the braces.
  • When wearing a retainer, make sure to clean it too! You can disinfect it by soaking it in denture cleanser – just make sure to rinse it thoroughly with water before placing it back inside your mouth.