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If you or your child is ever in need of emergency orthodontic treatment, Dr. Stormberg and our staff are here for you!


Orthodontic Emergencies

At Stormberg Orthodontics, we want to provide our patients with beautiful, straight smiles, and our team understands that sometimes there are bumps along the way. Mishaps happen with braces, Invisalign, and clear braces, it’s part of the orthodontic process. In the event that something on your braces becomes loose or dislodged, please call Dr. Stormberg’s office in San Diego. We are conveniently located in La Mesa and see patients from Santee, El Cajon and all over the East County of San Diego. For any orthodontic emergency, call our office to explain the situation and we will arrange an appointment if necessary. Continue reading for tips during orthodontic emergencies!

Can I Do Anything At Home To Relieve An Orthodontic Problem?

Yes, you can! Many patients do not realize that there are steps you can take on your own to stabilize the problem until you are able to schedule an appointment with Dr. Stormberg. Here are a few scenarios that you may encounter and suggested actions to take:

  • Dislodged wire: If a wire has become free and is poking the soft tissues, causing you discomfort, you can use a pencil eraser to push it down or cover the end with wax to eliminate the friction temporarily. Wax can generally be used for any part of the appliance that is causing irritation.
  • Loose bracket or band: If the bracket comes loose, but is still attached to the wire, put some wax on it. Please call our office at your soonest availability, during our business hours or leave a message!
  • Loose wire: You can attempt to guide the wire back into place using tweezers. If this fails, you can use fingernail clippers to cut the wire behind the last secure tooth attachment, but keep in mind that this should be a last resort.
  • Lost separator: This is a common problem during orthodontic care. Please call our office for future instructions.
  • Poor-fitting headgear: Double check that you are wearing the headgear as instructed, and be sure to wear the headgear for the recommended number of hours. In cases of a bent facebow, call our office for assistance.
  • General soreness: Some soreness is expected after you first get your braces or Invisalign. You can treat this problem by rinsing out your mouth with warm salt water or using an over the counter painkiller for more severe pain. Also, your soft tissues have to adjust to the appliances, and it can take a week or two before you’ll notice a decrease in sensitivity. You can use wax for more comfort with your braces or clear braces at this time.

What Is A Serious Emergency?

Some orthodontic situations are more serious than others and should be treated as such. Call Dr. Stormberg’s office immediately if any of the following have occurred:

  • An injury or trauma to the face, mouth, or teeth
  • Swelling or infection of the face, mouth, or gums
  • Severe pain in the face, mouth, gums, or teeth

If you are experiencing any of these situations or symptoms, please seek help at Stormberg Orthodontics. Or, if it is after normal business hours, recorded instructions/phone numbers will be available for further assistance. If you cannot reach us, you can also seek care in the emergency room of the hospital.

Discuss “In Case Of Emergency” Protocol With Us!

When you get your orthodontic appliances, it’s a good opportunity to review “in case of emergency” instructions and recommendations with our orthodontist, Dr. Stormberg. You may even want to keep a written list of these suggestions with you for a quick reference. This is what we are here for. We want to help guide you through your orthodontic treatment process and constantly be a resource for you. Never hesitate to ask questions or tell us when you are concerned. No matter what, the Stormberg Orthodontics team will be there for you!

How it Works

1. Getting to Know You

Your first visit to our office is the beginning of your orthodontic journey, and we’re just as excited as you! We take complimentary Xrays and images of your teeth and Dr. Stormberg performs a thorough examination of your teeth, mouth, and gums. 

2. Custom Treatment Plan

Dr. Stormberg creates a customized treatment plan for each patient to ensure you reach your full smile potential! At Stormberg Orthodontics, we want to help you get the smile that you love with treatment as convenient as possible.

3. Your New Smile

We pride ourselves on giving our patients beautiful, healthy smiles that last a lifetime and that dedication doesn’t end when your braces are removed. Stormberg Orthodontics offers a variety of retainer options to find the best fit for your smile and lifestyle.

Just Moved? We Are Accepting New Patients!

If you have already begun orthodontic treatment and you’ve recently moved to the area, don’t worry, we can help make the process of switching to, or from, our office as easy as possible.
  • Military Transfers
  • Job Transfers
  • College Students
  • Answers To Your FAQs From Dr. Kurt Stormberg

    At what age should I schedule an appointment for an orthodontic screening?

    American Association of Orthodontists recommend you should schedule your child’s first appointment by age 7.  Orthodontic treatment and a child’s growth can complement each other.  By timing orthodontic treatment to predictable stages of dental development, the orthodontist may be able to take advantage of your child’s growth and development.  Some problems that can be treated quite well in a growing child may require corrective surgery or permanent teeth to be extracted if treated after growth has occurred.

    What will happen at the initial examination appointment?

    Before you leave, be sure to have all the necessary information needed to complete our new patient forms, including your insurance information. Then, Dr. Stormberg will complete the examination, which can include X-rays and photographs, to properly diagnose you or your child’s condition. If you want to learn even more about what happens, you can find more information on our First Visit page.

    What will I learn from the initial examination?

    Dr. Stormberg will thoroughly explain your options to you after he completes the exam, and will recommend the best course of treatment. You’ll learn the answers to five important questions during your consultation appointment, including:

    • Is there an orthodontic issue, and if so, what is it?
    • What treatment is needed to correct the problem? Can braces and/or Invisalign correct the problem?
    • Will any teeth need to be removed?
    • How long will treatment take?
    • How much will treatment cost?
    How much will orthodontic treatment cost?

    We can only determine treatment costs after your initial consultation is completed, as each patient’s case is unique. You can learn more about our Financing & Insurance policies on our website, or speak to one of our staff members at the office. We’ll review your financing options with you, and will work with you to maximize your insurance benefits.

    Is it too late to have orthodontic treatment if I am already an adult?

    Adult orthodontics is becoming more common, as orthodontic treatment helps increase overall happiness level, health, and self-esteem. It’s never too late for a beautiful smile!

    What are you waiting for?

    Smile Brighter Today!

    We have treatments to bring out the best in any smile. Learn about your options at your complimentary visit.