There are very few true orthodontic emergencies. Most problems can be remedied at home. However, if you have a situation that you cannot resolve on your own, feel free to call us and we will be happy to evaluate whether there is something you can do at home to accommodate your need or if we need to schedule an appointment to be see in our office.
In the meantime, the information below can help resolve minor problems you may encounter during your orthodontic treatment.
What to Do in Case of Emergency?
If you break or loosen any of your appliances, please call our office rather than coming directly in – by calling us, you will allow us to create a time to see you. Even if you have a regular appointment scheduled, call us to notify us if you need an appliance repaired so that we can adjust our schedule to accommodate your needs.
Loose Brackets or Bands
If you have a bracket or band loose, please call our office.
Sometimes discomfort caused by a wire on your braces can be resolved by moving the wire away from the irritated area with a cotton swab or eraser. If the wire will not move, try covering the end of it with a small amount of wax. If the wire is painful, you can cut it with nail clippers or scissors that have been washed and sterilized in alcohol. If you cannot resolve the wire irritation, call our office for an appointment.
If you have separators in, they can occasionally come out. Do not worry about losing a separator, but call our office to see if it needs to be replaced.
Discomfort with Orthodontic Treatment
During the first week after your braces are in place and routine adjustments are complete, you may experience some soreness or discomfort. You may take acetaminophen or other non-aspirin pain relievers while you adjust to your new braces. A warm wash cloth or heating pad may reduce the soreness in your jaws.