Emergency Information

Emergencies are very rare in orthodontics. While we are always here to attend to your needs you may find it more convenient to treat a situation on your own and wait until your next appointment. If you cannot do this on your own, please call us as soon as you can for advice or to schedule an appointment for these urgent situations. Here are some things that may save you an extra trip to the orthodontist office:

Poking or Irritating Wires:

Try moving the wire away from the spot that it is irritating. This can usually be done with your fingernail or a clean pencil eraser. Also putting wax on the cause of irritation can help and allow the tissues to heal.

Sore teeth:

Most people are mild to moderately sore from 4 to 10 days after adjustments. You can take acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Advil) before, during or after an orthodontic appointment to help alleviate pain.  Eating softer foods during this time helps too!

Loose brackets:

Sometimes the required tooth movement has already been achieved by some of the brackets and if it gets broken, it may not have to be replaced. Call our office and tell us which bracket is loose and we will help you make a repair appointment or tell you to wait until the next adjustment appointment.

Lost Separator:

Separators push teeth apart to make room for molar bands. If one comes loose and your appointment is not too far away, you may not need to get it replaced. Please call our office so we can advise you to make an appointment for replacement or simply wait for the band fitting appointment.

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