Emergency Info

What to Do in Case of Emergency

Call our office  if you break or loosen any of your braces/wires/appliances. Please do not come directly to the office – but instead by calling us, you will allow us to create a time to see you.  Even if you have a regular appointment scheduled soon, call us to notify us, then we can add extra time to your appointment if it is possible, or change your appointment to a time when we have time to deal with the emergency.

Loose Brackets or Bands

Call our office for advice if a bracket or wire is loosened. The bracket may need to be re-fitted as soon as possible, or we may be able to wait a few days. You may have a situation that requires shortening a wire or removing  a bracket off a wire out side of usual office working hours. If you need to cut a wire in case of emergency, you may use fingernail clippers that have been washed and sterilized in alcohol. Please call our office the next business day so that we may schedule an appointment to deal with the emergency in a more definative way.

Wire Irritations

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 piece of cotton or a small amount of wax, or even a piece of sugarless gum. 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.

Lost Separators

The separators can come out.  Do not worry about losing a separator, but do call our office to see if it needs to be replaced. If it is lost the morning of your next appointment, or the night before, you are usually alright to proceed with the next appointment procedure.

Discomfort with Orthodontic Treatment

During the first week after your braces are in place and routine adjustments are complete, you will likely feel some soreness or discomfort (especially while chewing). You may take Advil (Ibuprofen), acetaminophen(Tylenol) 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.