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Emergency Orthodontic Care on Vacation
Posted on 12/07/2017

Emergency Orthodontic Care on Vacation

Caring For Your Braces While Out of Town

At Eastern Virginia Orthodontics we want every orthodontic patient to feel relaxed and carefree both in and out of the orthodontist chair. With the holidays here, we know a lot of people will be traveling, both our own patients and patients from other orthodontic offices. While a true orthodontic emergency is few and far between, we wanted to help you prepare for traveling with braces.


Need an Emergency Orthodontist in Hampton Roads?

Are you visiting from out of town and need to see an orthodontist immediately? We have three offices in Hampton Roads located in Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, and Norfolk. Please contact us for an emergency visit and we will help you find the closest office to your location. In the meantime, you can read through our tips below to manage the issue.


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Bring an Orthodontic Emergency Kit

Believe it or not, most of these items aren’t something you need to get from us, but they are normal household items that can help with any problems until you can see your orthodontist.


Orthodontic Emergency Travel Kit

  1. Orthodontic Wax: Don’t let your braces rubbing against your cheek bother you during Christmas morning, make sure to have a stash of wax to cover the offending bracket and put your focus back on family and presents.
  2. A Pencil with an Eraser: If a protruding wire and is poking your cheek or irritating you, the eraser at the end of a pencil can be used to push it into a more comfortable position. While this is only a temporary solution until you can see your orthodontist, it is a great quick fix to make sure your trip is joyful!

  3. Nail Clippers: In some cases wires have gotten long enough that even repositioning it will not solve the problem, so have a pair of disinfected nail clippers on hand to cut off the end of that wire.

  4. Tweezers: We know our patients would never bite into a candy cane or any foods that could damage their braces, but if a bracket does pop off, you can use a pair of disinfected tweezers to remove any loose problematic parts.

  5. Your Orthodontist’s Phone Number: Although most contact numbers are only a Google away, if for any reason you don’t have Wifi or a good signal, always have your orthodontist’s number written down or saved in your cell phone. (Hint hint, add these while you’re thinking about it):

Virginia Beach 757-340-2881

Chesapeake 757-547-7002

Norfolk 757-583-2333


Contact Our Hampton Roads Orthodontic Office for Help

Whether you are preparing for a trip or are already traveling, please don’t hesitate to give us a call. We are happy to give you guidance if you are having any problems with your braces. We hope everyone has a safe and happy holiday!