Emergency or Not?


What to Do in Case of Emergency
Orthodontic emergencies occur very rarely (situations such as extreme pain, swelling, bleeding or an accident) however; occasionally you may experience a problem during treatment. Many of these problems are minor and can be handled by you right at home. Here are common situations that you might encounter and how to take care of them.

Loose Brackets or Bands
A loose bracket or band can be left in place until your next visit. Do notify us so that we can schedule additional time to repair it. If it is bothersome, cut the wire using a pair of clean nail clippers and slip the bracket off. Tuck the wire under and bring the bracket to your next appointment.

Poking or Broken Wires
You can bend an irritating wire away from the area with an eraser, the round end of a spoon or a Q-tip. Still poking? Clip it with a pair of clean nail clippers.

Wire Out of Tube (on band around tooth)
Can be easily reinserted into tube using tweezers.

Missing Color Tie
If you notice a missing color tie, as long as you have other ties still present, usually there is no problem, however you should still contact the office to ask if you should have the color replaced.

Lost Separators
It is not unusual to lose a separator during treatment.  Before calling the office, try to double a piece of floss to see if it slides in/out easily with out catching.  If there is space it should be fine till next appointment. We WANT space, but call our office to see if it needs to be replaced.

Discomfort with Orthodontic Treatment
During the first week after you get your braces, and for several days after routine adjustments, you may feel soreness, discomfort and your teeth may be tender to biting. Take Tylenol or other non-aspirin pain relievers while you adjust to your new braces. Eating softer foods until the discomfort goes away is a good idea.

Small Cuts/Sores
To help a cut heal, rinse your mouth with a mixture of 1 teaspoon of salt and 1 cup of warm water. Call our office during our regular business hours for an appointment to have us check the orthodontic problem.

When to Call the Office
If you make any of the adjustments we've mentioned, call the office as soon as possible, during regular office hours, so that we can schedule time to make repairs. CALL EVEN IF YOU HAVE A SCHEDULED APPOINTMENT, because a repair may take longer than the time allotted for a regular appointment.

If you are unable to alleviate the problem on your own, please call. We are always available to assist you.

Direct Injuries to the Mouth or Teeth
Immediately ice the area and call your regular dentist. After seeing your dentist, we will need to replace any broken or displaced appliances as soon as possible (depending upon the patient's comfort level).