What to do in case of emergency
Call our office if you break or loosen any of your braces or appliances. Even if you have a regular appointment scheduled, call us to notify us if you need an appliance repaired.
Loose braces, bands or wires
Call our office for advice and an appointment if a bracket or wire is loosened. In general, try to slide the loose part into a comfortable position until you are able to come in. If you need to cut a wire in case of an emergency, you may use fingernail clippers that have been washed and sterilized in alcohol.
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 orthodontic wax. If the wire is painful, you can cut it with nail clippers that have been washed and sterilized in alcohol. If you cannot resolve the wire irritation or have any concerns, call our office for an appointment.
Lost separators or spacers
Separators or spacers often become loose as they open space. If you lose or swallow one this is not an emergency, but call our office to see if it needs to be replaced.
Discomfort with orthodontic treatment
During the first week after your braces or appliances are placed or adjusted, you may feel some soreness or discomfort. You may take acetaminophen (Tylenol) or other non-aspirin pain relievers (Advil, Motrin) based on your age and weight. Eating softer foods like soup, rice, pasta, applesauce or ice cream can help. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to call us.