Emergency Treatment in Munster & St. John, Indiana

The doctors and staff at Orthodontic Specialists are here to assist you if you encounter concerns, problems or pain with your orthodontic appliances. The quickest way to get started is by texting or calling our office! Whether it’s a loose bracket, a displaced wire, or the appliance is causing you discomfort, Dr. Mike or Dr. Emily will guide you on ways to relieve your discomfort and when to schedule an appointment to repair the problem.

Comfort Visits at Orthodontic Specialists

Patients may experience discomfort during the initial days of treatment as their teeth adjust to the pressure. To alleviate this discomfort, we recommend taking over-the-counter pain medication such as Ibuprofen or Aspirin. If you are unsure about what to do, don’t hesitate to give us a call for assistance!

If you have any issues like broken appliances, loose braces, broken or loose wires, broken or loose retainers, or lost appliances, it may be necessary to come in before your scheduled appointment to ensure your treatment remains on track. Please reach out to us immediately via text or phone call so we can address any discomfort and arrange an appointment as soon as possible. We are here to help!

Orthodontic/Dental Emergencies

If you experience a genuine dental emergency, such as trauma, injury, infection with swelling, or intolerable discomfort or pain, you should seek our help as soon as possible– please call or text us! Our goal is to provide comfort as quickly as possible, so if your emergency falls outside of our scope of care, we will assist you to ensure you receive the proper care.

Some of the most common dental emergencies include:

  • Unexplainable toothache
  • Gums that won’t stop bleeding
  • Exposed nerves
  • Knocked-out or broken tooth
  • Missing filling & broken crown
  • Abscessed tooth
  • Dental infections

How to Prevent Orthodontic Emergencies

Avoiding orthodontic emergencies can help save you from unnecessary hassle and stress. Thankfully, there are simple measures you can take to prevent them.

These tips will help keep you and your orthodontic appliance safe:

  • Use an orthodontic mouthguard while participating in sports.
  • Steer clear of hard, sticky, or crunchy foods.
  • Don’t use your teeth to open packages or caps.
  • Avoid chewing on materials like plastic or rubber.
  • Stay on top of your orthodontic progress checks.
  • Reach out to us immediately if your braces feel loose or unusual so we can address the issue before it becomes an emergency!

What Is Not an Orthodontic Emergency

Orthodontic treatment may cause temporary discomfort but generally does not require significant medication to tolerate. If the patient finds the pain too much to tolerate, we encourage you to notify us. We will assist you in any manner necessary to help you through the concern.

Below, we outline some of the most common non-urgent issues that may come up during orthodontic treatment, and some tips for how to address them. If you’re ever not sure what to do, we’re only a call or text away!

Doctor's Michael Koufos and Emily Koufos-Radford standing back to back and smiling.

Contact Orthodontic Specialists To Receive Help With Your Orthodontic Emergency

The Orthodontic Specialists team is always available to ensure you have access to emergency orthodontic care. Even when the office is not open, our team wants to assure we are here to help you. Both Dr. Mike and Dr. Emily live in the community and want to help address your emergency care. We understand that broken or loose appliances can be uncomfortable, and we are happy to help provide relief.

We’re always close by, with offices in both Munster and St. John. If you need a comfort visit, call or text us and we will make every effort to ensure you get an appointment as soon as possible.