What should I do if I experience an orthodontic emergency?
Orthodontic emergencies are extremely rare and can usually be solved at home by the patient or parent. If you experience a broken or lost appliance we urge you to call our office as soon as possible or go to an emergicare facility. Even if you have a regular appointment scheduled, please call us immediately to let us know you need an appliance repaired so that we can allow enough time to do so. We will also be able to provide you with any needed instructions on what to do until you can come to our office to see our orthodontist.
Loose Brackets or Bands
If a bracket or band is loosened, they may need to be refitted at your next appointment. Use wax to cover the broken bracket or band and chew on the other side of your mouth. If a wire is poking you we recommend you use fingernail clipper that have been washed and sterilized in alcohol or even the end of a spoon to push the extended wire forward. Another option would be to cut the eraser off of a pencil, sterilize it and push it onto the end of the irritating wire. Please call our office to let us know of the impending repair even if you have a scheduled appointment.
Many patients lose a separator over the course of their treatment. If you lose a separator, call our office to see if it needs to be replaced.
Discomfort with Braces and Orthodontic Treatment
During the first week after your braces are placed, and after routine adjustments, you may feel some soreness or discomfort. This is normal and you do not need to worry. You may want to take acetaminophen or another non-aspirin pain reliever if your teeth are sore after adjustment appointments. You may also wish to use a warm washcloth or heating pad to reduce soreness in the jaws.
If you experience these or any other types of orthodontic emergencies, we encourage you to call our friendly orthodontist and team as soon as possible. We are here to provide the care you need!