Experiencing an emergency? Call us today!
If you experience severe pain or have an appliance problem that you can not take care of yourself, or if you have an orthodontic emergency, please contact our office. We will schedule an appointment for you as soon as possible to resolve your problem.
Some quick tips can help you temporarily solve many problems by yourself. If you have a loose bracket or wire or you loosen or break an appliance, put it inside a plastic bag or container and bring it with you to your next appointment. A broken or poking wire may be bent in with a pencil eraser or cut with the clippers given to you in your initial emergency kit.
If orthodontic appliances are dislodged or displaced, we will need to replace or adjust the appliances as soon as possible. After taking steps to alleviate your discomfort, it is very important that you call our office as soon as possible to schedule a time to repair the issue.
General soreness that occurs soon after a new appliance or your braces are placed is normal and temporary. If necessary, take ibuprofen or another non-aspirin pain reliever, as you would for a minor headache. If you have irritation caused by one of your wires, you can often resolve it by simply moving the wire away from your cheek using a cotton swab or a clean eraser on the tip of a pencil. You can also cover the end of the wire with a small piece of wax to keep it from rubbing the inside of your cheek.
Your lips, cheeks, and tongue may become irritated for one to two weeks as they learn a new posture and become accustomed to the surface of the braces. You can put wax on your braces to lessen any discomfort.
Headgear should be worn properly as instructed by your orthodontist, or discomfort may occur. It is important for you to follow instructions carefully so that, working together, we can achieve the best results from your treatment.
If you have a loose appliance or a bracket has popped off, please give us a call and we will schedule an appointment for you.