What to Do in Case of Emergency
Many foods can cause problems with your braces. Please be careful, but if something does break please 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, call us immediately to notify us if you need an appliance repaired.
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 wax. If the wire is painful, you can cut it 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.
One of the Colored Ties Came Off
This is NOT an emergency and you do NOT need to come in for an appointment UNLESS the missing tie is causing the wire to hurt you. If it does hurt, please call us.
Accidents Involving the Teeth (Hit in the Mouth with Hockey Stick, Puck, Baseball, Fist, etc.)
Call us. We will want to see you.
Loose Brackets or Bands
If the bracket is still attached to the wire, leave it in place. If it is uncomfortable, cover it with wax. If it comes out completely, bring it in with you to your next appointment. DO NOT CONNECT ELASTICS TO A LOOSE BRACKET. It is NOT necessary for you to come in unless you are in pain. Please call our office the next business day, so that we may schedule an appointment for you. For loose bands, call us for an appointment. We will want to re-cement the band. DO NOT CONNECT a headgear or elastics to a loose band.
Most patients lose a separator during their treatment. Do not worry about losing a separator, but call our office to see 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 pain, soreness or discomfort. You may take acetaminophen or other non-aspirin pain relievers while you adjust to your new braces. A warm washcloth or heating pad may reduce the soreness in your jaws or you can rinse your mouth with warm salt water. If the pain does not go away after several days, please call us.