Orthodontic Emergencies During Temporary Closure for COVID-19


Elective vs. Non-Elective Procedures as defined by the American Association of Orthodontists for COVID-19

Non-elective emergency:

  • Significant oral pain
  • Infected gums, cheek, or tongue
  • Limited ability to open/close your mouth
  • Physically traumatic event yielding the above

Elective non-urgent problem:

  • Unless any of the above is true, loose brackets and bands, as well as lost or broken retainers/aligners, should be considered elective

Many orthodontic patient “emergencies” can be managed by wax or sectioning an archwire with cuticle cutters/nail clippers

If you have an urgent need during this time, such as pain or injury, Dr. Kuperstein is available for emergency appointments.  Please contact our office at 503-236-3800 for guidance on the best course of action for your specific situation.