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Is Orthodontics Ever Done in an Emergency?

December 31, 2019

Orthodontic treatment can be performed quickly, if it is done safely and in a systematic way. There are times when a dental procedure might be considered an emergency. If you have a painful infection or trauma to the mouth. Or, if you have a loose piece of hardware that is poking you or causing discomfort. These are emergencies that need to be taken care of stat. They require the services of a dentist or orthodontist to intervene quickly so you need to make an appointment ASAP. In times like these, we need to move fast.


Woodfin Cabassa Orthodontics does not consider regular orthodontic treatment something that needs to be done in an emergency. Teeth just don’t move that way, at least not on purpose. In fact, we consider orthodontics like building a house. It takes expert planning and consideration before getting to work. We create an outline of where your teeth are now and assess any issues, like an overbite, crossbite or crowding. Then we put together a treatment plan that we will follow to ensure optimal results. We also work with your primary dentist to get appropriate dental records and confirmation that all routine dental care is completed before placing appliances. A good foundation will guarantee a positive outcome. All the specialists must come together to ensure the work is done the right way and in the right order.


Your orthodontic work is completed according to a timeline we develop from the beginning. Moving teeth and adjusting the jaw is not something that can be done overnight. (You’ve heard that Rome wasn’t built in a day!) But, we can move quickly as long as it is safe and reasonable for the work that needs to be done.


Can orthodontics be expedited if a patient wants it? Absolutely. If treatment can be done in a shorter time frame and in a safe manner, we will certainly oblige and discuss every option that is available. If all the requirements are met, we will move the process along as swiftly as possible. But remember that orthodontics must be performed in a systematic order. Neither Dr. Sal or Dr. Greg will ever “cut corners” just to get a patient in treatment on the same day of their initial exam.


We’re happy to answer all questions and we’ll make sure you or your child receives the right treatment plan for them. Contact us today for a complimentary consultation! Visit us online at, or call us at any of our local offices:


Pensacola: (850) 477-2180

Gulf Breeze: (850) 934-2828

Perdido: (850) 477-2180