What to Do in Case of Emergency

Call our office as soon as possible. Please do not come directly to the office—by calling us, you will allow us to create a time to see you. Even if you have a regular appointment scheduled please call us immediately to notify us if you need an appliance repaired.

Loose Brackets or Bands

You may have a situation that simply requires cutting a wire or sliding a bracket or band off the wire at night or over the weekend. If you need to cut a wire in case of emergency you can use fingernail clippers that have been washed and sterilized in alcohol. Please call our office on the next business day so that we may schedule an appointment for you. The bracket or band may need to be replaced as soon as possible.

Wire Irritations

Many times the discomfort caused by a wire on your braces can be resolved by moving the wire away from the irritated area with a cotton swab. If the wire will not move you can cover the end of it with a small piece of cotton or a small ball of wax. If the wire is causing pain it can be cut 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

Mant patients lose a separator placed between their teeth before or during treatment. There is no need to worry about losing a separator but please call our office to discuss 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 will likely feel 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.