(818) 980-5300 5445 Laurel Canyon Blvd.
Valley Village, CA   91607

How do you know when you’ve done something to your orthodontic work that is considered an emergency? Major orthodontic emergencies don’t happen that often, but immediate attention is needed when they do. Less serious issues can usually wait until an appointment. Having some guidelines to explain the difference between types of emergencies is helpful.

Occasionally a patient’s tooth may become infected after orthodontic treatment. It may not even be related to your appliances, but either way an infection requires professional treatment. If you have pain or swelling near a tooth that continues to worsen, call your orthodontist.

Accidents can happen whether or not you are undergoing orthodontic treatment. See your orthodontist immediately if you injure your teeth, mouth, or jaw. An X-ray may be necessary to determine the extent of the damage. If your orthodontic appliances are affected, they may require adjustment or replacement.

Minor issues
It is much more common for minor problems to arise with your orthodontic work. Some issues that you can either repair on your own or wait until your next office visit include:

  • Poking wire
  • Loose wire
  • Loose bracket
  • Loose elastic band
  • Lost or broken elastic band
  • Loose appliance
  • Headgear that does not fit
  • General soreness

Avoiding problems
Most minor orthodontic issues can occur with normal wear and tear. You can help avoid mishaps by steering clear of foods that your orthodontist has warned you about. Hard or sticky items can cause problems. Also, overly vigorous brushing can harm your orthodontics. None of the examples of minor issues should be considered emergencies unless severe or prolonged pain is present.
If you are having an orthodontic emergency, contact our Sherman Oaks orthodontists office.

Mehdi Fotovat, D.D.S.


5445 Laurel Canyon Blvd.

Valley Village, CA 91607

(818) 980-5300

Our practice is conveniently located on Laurel Canyon Blvd. between Burbank Blvd. and Chandler Blvd. in Valley Village. Free parking is available behind the building.

Our Hours

Tuesday: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm (closed for lunch 12-1:20)

Wednesday: 7:30 am – 5:30 pm (closed for lunch 12-1:30)

Thursday: 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Friday: 7:30 am – 3:30 pm (closed for lunch 12-12:30)


Thursday 11/28/19 Thanksgiving – closed
Friday 11/29/19 – closed

Winter Break:
Closed 12/23/19 -  1/5/2020
Re-open 1/6/2020 9am-5pm