What to Do in Case of Emergency
Fortunately, most orthodontic ’emergencies’ are simple to deal with. If you experience an orthodontic ’emergency’, please call our office so we can guide you on what to do. For after-hours emergencies or concerns please contact us , we will take care of you as soon as possible.
Loose Brackets or Bands
Please call our office for advice if a bracket or band is loosened. The bracket or band may require replacement in a timely manner as it may cause unwanted tooth movement. If the bracket of band is still attached to the wire and becomes irritating, it is best to cover it with the provided orthodontic wax for comfort.
Sometimes discomfort is caused by a wire that becomes long or has shifted. When this occurs, try to gently bend the wire into a comfortable spot using an eraser on the end of a pencil or a Q-tip. If the wire cannot be bent, try covering the end of it with a small amount of wax. If the wire is poking into your cheeks or gums, you can cut it using clean nail clippers.
Discomfort with Orthodontic Treatment
During the first week after your braces are placed, you will likely feel some soreness and discomfort. We advise you take pain relievers such as Ibuprophen (Advil) or acetaminophen (Tylenol) if you are allergic to Ibuprophen. Usually, these are only necessary for 1 to 3 days. Typically, it is not uncommon to experience mild discomfort with subsequent orthodontic visits.
If it is after hours and you are concerned or do not know what to do, contact us, one of our staff members will be in contact with you promptly.