If you experience an orthodontic emergency during office hours, call our office immediately. If it is after office hours, call the office and you will be given instructions on how to contact one of our doctors or team members on call. There are very few orthodontic emergencies that can not be resolved on your own. Some helpful tips are listed below.
If a wire causes irritation, push the wire away from the area using the eraser end of a pencil or a Q-Tip. If the wire cannot be tucked away, cover the end of the wire with a small piece of wax, a cotton ball, or a piece of sugarless gum until you can see us for an adjustment.
If the main wire has come out of the tube on a back tooth, attempt to reinsert it. If the wire is not sticking you, place a piece of wax over the area. If the wire is sticking you and wax does not help, the wire can be cut with a small wire cutter or toenail clipper close to the back of the last brace. Call our office so that we can see you at your earliest convenience.
If a bracket becomes loose, it usually remains connected to the main wire. Tweezers can be used to reposition the brace if it flips around the wire and becomes a source of irritation. Call our office and inform us if this happens.
If a retainer cracks or is lost, call us for an appointment as soon as possible. Teeth will move, especially if you just recently had your braces removed.
If your teeth are sore after an adjustment, we highly recommend taking Alleve. Tylenol and Advil also work well to reduce any soreness.
If at any time you need to get in touch with us, just call our office. A member of our team is on call at all times.